US Open 2023: Novak Djokovic vs. Ben Shelton Preview, Prediction and Live Stream

Novak Djokovic will face off against Ben Shelton in the semifinals of the US Open.


US Open 2023: Novak Djokovic vs. Ben Shelton Preview, Prediction and Live Stream

Novak Djokovic (L) and Ben Shelton (R) (Credits: Sky Sports and Racquet Magazine)

Former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will face off against Ben Shelton in the semifinals of the 2023 US Open on Friday. Djokovic knocked out Alexandre Muller, Bernabe Zapara Mirrales, Laslo Djere and Borna Gojo to meet and defeat Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals. Shelton won over Pedro Cachin, Dominic Thiem, Aslan Karatsev and Tommy Paul to reach the last eight, where he ousted Frances Tiafoe.

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Novak Djokovic vs. Ben Shelton: Match Details

  • Tournament: US Open 2023
  • Match: Novak Djokovic vs Ben Shelton
  • Date: 9th September, 2023
  • Time: TBD
  • Venue: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York
  • Round: Semi-final 
  • Surface: Hard-court
  • Prize Money: $775,000

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Novak Djokovic vs. Ben Shelton: Match Preview

Novak Djokovic (Credits: ABC)
Novak Djokovic (Credits: ABC)

In his match against Fritz, Djokovic won the second set with a single break of serve. He broke first in the third set to go up 4-3, but Fritz broke back to tie the game. The 36-year-old took another break to lead 5-4 and then served out the match in the next game to win 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

The 20-year-old won the first set by winning five straight games after trailing 2-1.

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Tiafoe rallied by winning the second set to tie the game. Both players struggled to hold serve in the third set, with six breaks of serve between them. The set was eventually decided in a tie-break, with Shelton rallying after dropping a couple of set points to win the set. Shelton began the fourth set with a break of serve. He kept his cool and broke his opponent’s serve once again, winning the match 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

Novak Djokovic vs. Ben Shelton: Match Prediction

Ben Shelton (Credits:CNN)
Ben Shelton (Credits: CNN)

Since this would be their first encounter, the head-to-head record is now 0-0. Shelton is not one to hold back on his serve or groundstrokes, especially on crucial points. It’s a two-edged sword, but the strategy has served him well thus far.

Djokovic is at ease taking the initiative as well as playing from behind. His versatility is what distinguishes him as one of the best players in history. Shelton is the underdog in this match-up and is free of expectations, but the odds are massively in favor of the Serb.

Match Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in three sets.

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Novak Djokovic vs. Ben Shelton: Live Stream Details

  • USA: ESPN
  • UK: Sky Sports
  • Canada: TSN
  • Australia: Nine Network
  • India: Sony Liv / Jio TV

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