Casper Ruud, sixth player in the world and seeded No. 5 in Cincinnati, was eliminated in the second round of the American Masters 1000 on Wednesday. The Norwegian suffered the law of young Ben Shelton (6-3, 6-3), aged 19, only ranked 229th at the ATP and beneficiary of a wild card.
In the first set, Ruud was broken on his first serve, at 1-0, and could never catch up. He then suffered a similar misadventure, at the start of the second set, and had to run behind the score again. Shelton took his serve a third time to conclude the match and qualify. He got rid of Casper Ruud in 1h8′, for his first victory over a player ranked in the World Top 10.
Shelton, great hope of tennis
The American, left-handed, plays for the University of Florida. He was NCAA champion this year with the Gators, his college team. Ben Shelton arrived on the ATP Tour this season as well, at the Atlanta tournament last July. He lost in the second round against John Isner. Shelton was also a finalist in two Challengers, in Rome (Georgia, USA) and Chicago.
In the round of 16 in Cincinnati, the young American, considered an ultra-promising player, will face Briton Cameron Norrie, who eliminated Andy Murray (3-6, 6-3, 6-4).