American Sandgren wins maiden ATP title in Auckland

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

Tennys Sandgren conquers his first career title in Auckland after he defeated Cameron Norrie 6-4 6-2 in the final.

"I'm a little bit at a loss for words, honestly. It's been a lot of work, a lot of training", Sandgren said.

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The American carved out 12 break point opportunities against Norrie's serve and converted four of them, while also sending down seven aces in the final warm-up before the Australian Open, where he reached the quarter-finals previous year.

Sandgren had too much power and accuracy for Norrie in the second set breaking him twice before securing the title when Norrie hit a service return over the baseline.

It was the first time Sandgren has beaten Norrie in their past four encounters although Norrie still leads their head-to-head count at 4-3.

Alex de Minaur lifted his first ATP Tour title on Saturday, beating Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (5) to win the Sydney International.

The unseeded 20-year-old put in a dominant performance to win 6-3 6-0. "Today, there were a couple of areas and certain moments that I wasn't quite there". "I didn't want to overthink it and I'm happy with the way I composed myself during the match", said Kenin, ranked 56 in the world.

He saved a break point in the eighth game, eventually clinching the game with his fifth ace, and served out the set in 41 minutes.

Kenin's power and depth of groundstrokes made the difference and Schmiedlova succumbed in 71 minutes. "I've had some injuries and just to be healthy and play well has been good".

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