Ben Shelton, the 20-year-old American tennis player, has advanced to the second round of the Barcelona Open after defeating Mackenzie McDonald 7-5, 6-4. Shelton, who is currently ranked 37th in the world, is making his first appearances in clay-court tournaments.
He had previously lost in the first round in Monte Carlo and in the second round in Estoril. The young player impressed with his performance, converting five of his six break points against McDonald.
He now faces a tough challenge in the next round against third-seeded Casper Ruud, whom he defeated last year in Cincinnati as a relatively unknown college player. Shelton is looking forward to the match but knows that the circumstances are different this time around.
Shelton acknowledges that his previous win against Ruud was under different circumstances, and he is not taking the match lightly. He knows that Ruud is a formidable opponent and expects him to be more prepared this time around.
Despite this, Shelton is excited about the challenge and is looking forward to the match. He is aware that he will have to bring his A-game if he wants to defeat the Norwegian player. Shelton’s performance in the tournament so far has been impressive, and he is determined to continue his winning streak. Fans will be eagerly anticipating the match as Shelton looks to cause an upset against one of the top seeds.