- May 8, 2002
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Twenty years after Andy Roddick kicked down the door and battered his way to the US Open title, another howitzer-armed American tenderfoot who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know is two wins from matching the feat. Ben Shelton, an unseeded 20-year-old from Atlanta who has burst from obscurity to become the surprise package of the tennis season, overcame Frances Tiafoe 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 in a tense US Open quarter-final on a muggy Tuesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach the last four at Flushing Meadows in only his fifth career appearance at a grand slam. “I’m thinking to myself as I’m walking to get my towel in the fourth set, and it’s like: ‘This is the greatest moment on the tennis court of my life, and I’m in a lot of pain physically,’” a beaming Shelton said in the aftermath of his career-best win.