Ten­nys is the win­ner in Auck­land

Gulf Times Sport - - TENNIS -

Auck­land: Amer­i­can Ten­nys Sand­gren was left speech­less yes­ter­day af­ter claim­ing his first ATP tour ti­tle with a com­pre­hen­sive straight sets win over Bri­tain’s Cameron Nor­rie in the Auck­land Clas­sic fi­nal.

The 27-year-old Sand­gren took just 79 min­utes to beat Nor­rie 6-4, 6-2 to round out a re­mark­able week of ten­nis with­out drop­ping a set.

“I’m a lit­tle lost for words,” a re­lieved Sand­gren said when a Nor­rie ser­vice re­turn went over the base­line to end the match.

“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. Sand­gren said his ex­tra ex­pe­ri­ence counted.

“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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Qatar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.