Tennys Sandgren wins 1st singles title at ASB Classic | AP sports

Tennys Sandgren looks to the heavens after completing his straight sets win over Cameron Norrie

American Tennys Sandgren lifted his first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) title after beating Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday in the Auckland Classic final.

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 past year.

"I'm a little bit at a loss for words actually", Sandgren said.

Norrie, the South Africa-born Brit, enjoyed a fine run in New Zealand on his way to a first ATP decider. A lot of work, a lot of training and a lot of sacrifices goes into even making a final and to get a win; I'm kind of speechless.

"I was just grateful that I could be out here and could play and compete. I've had some injuries and just to be healthy and play well has been good". But the Auckland championship is Sandgren's shining moment, as he broke his left-handed opponent's serve four times and hit seven aces en route to the biggest triumph of his career. But Sandgren would not be denied in Auckland.

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Tennys delivered more effective numbers behind his first serve and that made the crucial difference, paired with the fact he repelled four out of five break points he faced to mount the pressure on the other side of the net.

The 27-year-old from Tennessee earns $90,990 in prize money as well as 250 ATP-Ranking points.

While Sandgren was always in front, he didn't win easily.

Struff took the early initiative in the second set, with Norrie dropping a serve for the first time this week.There was a further service break each before Struff held on to take the set. Sandgren starts his 2019 Australian Open against Yoshihito Nishioka.

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