Ben Shelton’s Comeback Victory Secures First-Ever Japan Open Final

In Tokyo, Ben Shelton demonstrated his tenacity as he mounted a remarkable comeback, fighting back from a set down to secure a 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory against American qualifier Marcos Giron. This hard-fought win earned Shelton a coveted spot in his first-ever tour final, marking a significant milestone in his young career.

The 21-year-old Shelton has been making waves in the tennis world, having reached the semifinals in Shanghai just last week. This promising young talent is now on a trajectory to face Aslan Karatsev in what promises to be an electrifying final on Sunday.

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In a gripping contest against Giron, Shelton’s resilience and strategic prowess were on full display. The American showcased his ability to seize critical moments, converting four out of eight break points during the match.

His determination and composure in the face of a formidable opponent underscore his potential as an emerging force in the world of professional tennis.

With his remarkable comeback, Shelton has etched his name in the competitive realm of the Japan Open and set the stage for an exciting final clash.

Shelton Statement

“It’s a huge achievement for me and my team, especially the way the match panned out today.” Shelton said. “Definitely one of the toughest matches I’ve played in my life. Marcos was waxing me from the baseline in almost every rally and I had to completely change my game to even have a chance against him.”

“To be able to get through that match, to not only figure some things out but get a win and be going into my first ATP final, the win couldn’t be sweeter.”

Shintaro Mochizuki, a Japanese wild-card entry, had an incredible run until Karatsev stopped it 6-3, 6-4 to progress to his first tour-level final since Sydney in January 2022.

The 30-year-old Russian hasn’t dropped a set all week and now has the chance to exact revenge on Shelton for the lone matchup the two have had, which took place at the U.S. Open last month.

Dominic Spinley

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