Tennys Sandgren downs Cameron Norrie for maiden ATP trophy — ATP Auckland

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2019

American Tennys Sandgren claimed his first ATP tour title on Saturday with a comprehensive straight sets victory over Briton Cameron Norrie in the final of the Auckland Classic.

"I'm a little bit at a loss for words, honestly". Sandgren says it means a lot to get the first win.

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 past year - while it was the first for wildcard entrant Norrie.

Sandgren said his extra experience counted.

"I was just grateful that I could be out here and could play and compete".

Norrie said on atptour.com: "I think he was solid throughout".

Norrie will now move on to the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, where he will play American Taylor Fritz, whom he beat in the quarter-finals in Auckland.

Sandgren broke Norrie in his first service game - only the third time Norrie's serve had been broken at the tournament - and held a narrow edge throughout the match, eventually winning the tournament without dropping a set.

It was the first time Sandgren had beaten Norrie in their past four encounters.

Alex de Minaur lifted his first ATP Tour title on Saturday, beating Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (5) to win the Sydney International. It was his second match win of the day, It was de Minaur's second win of the day, he defeated Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-2 in a rain-delayed semifinal from Friday night. "Too good from him today, and I'm happy for him".

Kenin's power and depth of groundstrokes made the difference and Schmiedlova succumbed in 71 minutes.

Playing her first top-level singles final, the 20-year-old Kenin took the first set with a break before running away with the match in 71 minutes.

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