Tennys Sandgren wins first singles title at ASB Classic

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

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

Now, the 27-year-old American has come on the verge of the top-40 following his maiden ATP title in Auckland, defeating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 18 minutes for his most significant success on the Tour, previously losing the final in Houston last April.

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

"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".

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But there was no hiding the nerves for both players with 29 unforced errors from Norrie and 17 from Sandgren, a quarterfinalist in the Australian Open past year.

"He served great. I actually think I played better in the second set".

The American will drop 360 points on the Monday after the Australian Open ends thanks to his quarter-final result a year ago.

After breaking the British player in the opening game of the first set, Sandgren dropped his serve in the fourth game, then immediately broke again for a 3-2 lead.

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

Composed American Sofia Kenin broke through to clinch her first WTA title Saturday with a straight sets win over Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova at the Hobart 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.

"I'm really happy to have won".

"I just want to say a big congrats to Tennys, I know myself and my team have a lot of respect for you and you've had a lot of setbacks in your career with injury so congrats for today, you were too good", Norrie said.