The All-American quarterfinals ended in a 7-6(6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win for Paul. Although it was also his first Grand Slam quarterfinals, Pauls experience shone through at the Rod Laver Arena.
“I’m really happy to get through that match,” Paul said in his on-court interview.
“There wasn’t too much rhythm in the match, but Ben’s a very tough player to play against and he’s going to be in many more matches like this, so I think everyone should be really excited for that kid.”
The 25-year-old rises to Number 1 in the ATP live rankings. Should he make it through to the finals, he will be breaking into the Top 10.
“I was doing a couple of interviews and they were asking how it sounds to be in the quarter-finals,” Paul also said. “And I was like, ‘Semi-finals sounds a little better.’ I’m pumped to be there and obviously really excited for whoever I play on Friday.”
Paul also spoke of his opponent who made news earlier for making it to the quarter-finals despite it being his first time traveling outside the United States.
“Ben is very tough to play against,” he praised Shelton.
“He’s going to be in many, many more matches like this so everyone should be really excited for that kid.”