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Auckland | Sandgren defeats Norrie for first tme

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.






About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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