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As the 2023 US Open now starts to really come to the boil, on Tuesday afternoon (British Summer Time), the crowd in attendance will be treated to an all-American clash as Frances Tiafoe takes on Ben Shelton. At least one US player will be in the semi-final, but who will it be? You can find our tennis predictions for this match below.
Our favourite Frances Tiafoe vs Ben Shelton predictions
After Ben Shelton knocked out fellow American Tommy Paul in the last-16, the youngster now finds himself facing another countryman in the form of Frances Tiafoe, who looks set to give the up-and-comer a serious test. Below are my ATP US Open 2023 predictions for this match:
Ben Shelton to win @ 2/1 (3.00)
Ben Shelton really did take his game to the next level against Tommy Paul last time out. It would have been quite easy for the youngster to start cautiously, but did he do that? Absolutely not. Shelton came out fired up and took the fight to his higher-ranked opponent, showing no fear, and the powerhouse simply had too much for Paul to deal with, suffocating the world number 14 with his hard-hitting style. After such a performance, Shelton looks destined for bigger and better things, so much so that he looks a great bet to win this match too.
Tiafoe is a top player, make no mistake about that, but he too may find Shelton just too hot to handle right now. Not only has Shelton created the more positive impression at this tournament, but it was he who beat Karatsev in better fashion that Tiafoe did recently, so don’t be surprised to see the 20-year-old come out on top. Ultimately, odds of 2/1 look a little generous, so there’s value to be had.
Over 41.5 games @ 23/20 (2.15)
As much as I like Shelton for the win here at odds of 2/1, a short match seems far from likely, so much so that a bet on more than 41 games to be played catches the eye. This could be a long one, as both players look strong on serve, so we really could see a battle too the death. Shelton got it done in four sets against Paul, but against this tougher opponent, five sets could very easily be on the cards, so expect to see plenty of games here.
Shelton searching for a career-best
This is the furthers that youngster Ben Shelton has ever gone at a Grand Slam, equaling his quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open earlier this year. Can he now go on better? Here’s a preview of the two players involved in this mouthwatering tie:
Frances Tiafoe preview
There’s been a real sense of getting the job done from Frances Tiafoe at this tournament. The 25-year-old knows he can cut it with the best at this tournament after reaching the semi-final here last year and is likely to fancy himself more than ever after a pleasing 2023. He won in uncompromising style against Hijikata last time out and looks ready for what should be a serious battle here.
Ben Shelton preview
Like Tiafoe, Shelton has gone from strength to strength this season and is now starting to look like a player who may just be a little bit special. After quite some time, could the US finally have someone to seriously challenge for Grand Slams? The way in which Shelton has completely overpowered his opposition at this tournament suggests that he could be the man to take American male tennis to the next level, but first, he’ll need to prove himself against a very good opponent. Shelton is in great form having won five of his last six on this surface.
Tiafoe vs Shelton head to head
This will be the first time that the two players have faced each other on the court.
Key match details
- Match Schedule – September 5th, 17:00 BST
- Venue – New York, USA
- Viewing Options – Sky Sports, bet365 live streaming
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