"In consecutive tournaments in the fall of 2017, which wasn't a lot of fun", Sandgren recalled.Norrie, who was born in South Africa and raised in New Zealand before moving to Britain, broke Struff at 6-5 to take the first set.
"I'm a little bit lost for words. A lot of work, a lot of training and a lot of sacrifice goes into even making a final and to get a win, I'm kind of speechless", Sandgren said on court.More news: Tom Brady, Patriots embrace underdog role after win over Chargers
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.
"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. Norrie didn't play as well as he has this week to reach his first tour final, but he still competed hard and made use of a strong return of serve. In fact, Norrie defeated the American in three consecutive ATP Challenger Tour events in September and October of 2017. The American did a tremendous job of turning defence into offence throughout the match.More news: Epic Games Store Now Matches Steam's Refund Policy
The 27-year-old from Tennessee earns $90,990 in prize money as well as 250 ATP-Ranking points. While Norrie will be disappointed to not lift his first ATP Tour trophy, he has plenty to be proud of. And for his efforts, he claims 150 points and $49,205.
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.More news: New software program goals to crack down on Netflix account sharing