Auckland | Sandgren defeats Norrie for first tme
Cameron Norrie was denied his first ATP Tour title by American Tennys Sandgren who defeated the British No.2 after 7-5-minutes, 6-4 6-2 for the ASB Classic title in Auckland.
I left that match thinking I played a really good one but I left something on the table. Mentally, I wasn't as good as I could have been so I didn't want to leave today thinking that I could have been more solid upstairs Tennys Sandgren
It was a remarkable week for the 27-year-old Sandgren who came through the event without dropping a set, defeating Norrie for the first time in four meetings.
“I’m a little lost for words,” a very relieved Sandgren said declaring it was his greater experience which saw him through. “A lot of work, a lot of training, a lot of sacrifice goes into even making a final and to get a win, I’m speechless.”
In a tournament in which none of the seeded players made it to the final four, Sandgren was playing only his second ATP final – having lost in Houston last year – while it was the first for wildcard entrant Norrie.
“I left that match thinking I played a really good one but I left something on the table. Mentally, I wasn’t as good as I could have been so I didn’t want to leave today thinking that I could have been more solid upstairs.”
But there was no hiding the nerves for both players with 29 unforced errors from Norrie and 17 from Sandgren, a quarter-finalist in the Australian Open last year.