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Ben Shelton, 20, uses 149mph serves to make US Open history en route to quarter-finals

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Ben Shelton, 20, uses 149mph serves to make US Open history en route to quarter-finals

Ben Shelton, just 20, became the talk of the 2023 US Open with his flamboyant serves and stellar play that propelled him into the men’s singles quarter-finals after beating Tommy Paul in four sets on Sunday.

The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd were left in awe as they watched Shelton’s two-serve left-hander speed reach 149 miles per hour against Paul, which happened as he served at 3-1 in the third set.

Shelton already had the fastest serve of this Open at 147 miles per hour in his previous match against Aslan Karatsev.

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Ben Shelton will serve

Ben Shelton serves against Tommy Paul in the fourth round of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2023 in New York City. (Frey/TPN/Getty Images)

The fastest serve ever at the US Open was delivered by Andy Roddick’s racket at 152 miles per hour in 2004.

“I think pure adrenaline,” Shelton said of his serves, according to the ATP Tour. “I think in any other atmosphere I wouldn’t be able to take it down, and I think my arm might have come off. But I feel pretty good right now.”

It’s only fitting that Shelton and Roddick are mentioned together, as the former is the youngest American to reach the quarter-finals since the latter in 2002. Roddick, who ended up winning the US Open in 2003, also had 20 years in this tournament.

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In 2002, Roddick ended up falling in the quarter-finals, which Shelton obviously hopes doesn’t happen on his first trip. Shelton reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January, where he fell to Paul.

This time, Shelton got his revenge with a 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

Ben Shelton screams on the pitch

Ben Shelton celebrates during his match against Tommy Paul in the fourth round of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2023 in New York City. (Frey/TPN/Getty Images)

Now, Shelton will face another American compatriot, Frances Tiafoe, who beat Rinky Hijikata.

Shelton and Tiafoe will make history when they both take to the court on Tuesday, as this is the first major tournament since 1968 to feature multiple Black American men in the quarterfinals, according to ESPN.

“Being at home here in front of an American crowd, I felt love all week,” Shelton said. “I played another American today and we had a great battle. It’s hard to believe I’m playing Arthur Ashe right now with the stands completely full.”

Taylor Fritz is the third American to make the quarterfinals after beating Dominic Stephan Stricker in the round of 16. All three will be looking to be the first American to win the US Open since Roddick in 2003.

Ben Shelton screams on the pitch

Ben Shelton reacts after defeating Tommy Paul in their fourth round match at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2023 in New York City. (Elsa/Getty Images)

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Shelton will use this monster serve to try and get there, just like Roddick did 20 years ago.

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