Auckland | Norrie poised to gain fifth title

As the lone seed left in the ASB Classic event being staged in Auckland, Cameron Norri,e has not surprisingly, reached the final of the ATP 250 event for the second time in his career and is favourite to pick up the trophy to claim the fifth title.

An absolute veteran of the Tour, a really solid player and I’m going to have to run a lot to beat him,” Norrie said of his final opponent. He plays really physical tennis and has got a complete game Cameron Norrie

He convincingly beat America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-3 6-4 and will play Richard Gasquet for the title, the veteran Frenchman having been handed a semi-final walk-over by compatriot Constantine Lestienne who pulled out with a pectoral injury which he picked up during his marathon quarter final win over Serbian Laslo Djere on Thursday night.

Norrie’s win means he’s the only men’s player in the world to already have six wins on the tour this year without a loss.

“I was serving well, hitting my spots well and winning a lot of the longer rallies,” Norrie said of his latest win.

“Jenson is really tricky; he puts the ball in such awkward parts of the court.

“But I was able to use my legs, win some of the longer rallies and it looked like his energy dropped off towards the end.”

Brooksby saved four break points in the fourth game of the match, which lasted 14 minutes, and another in the sixth game, before Norrie got the break he deserved.

The American was able to get a break early in the second set but was broken straight back to love as the British No.1 built up a head of steam to roll into the final and a meeting with Gasquet.

The pair have never met and though the 36-year-old Frenchman has had a good week he is definitely the underdog in his chases for a 16th career title.

“An absolute veteran of the Tour, a really solid player and I’m going to have to run a lot to beat him,” Norrie said of his final opponent.

“He plays really physical tennis and has got a complete game, so I’m going to have to watch some of Rafa’s matches against him. I know he’s got a good record against Gasquet.”


Richard Gasquet gets into final courtesy of a walkover

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