Kohlschreiber, Sandgren reach semifinals at ASB Classic

Cameron Norrie enjoys his win in the ASB Classic semifinal over Jan Lennard Struff

Cameron Norrie enjoys his win in the ASB Classic semifinal over Jan Lennard Struff

Norrie will now face Tennys Sandgren after the American served outstandingly in a 6-4 6-2 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Norrie outlasted German warrior Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5 4-6 6-3 in just under two hours on Friday afternoon, in a gripping contest in sweltering conditions.

Sandgren was in ominous form winning 31 of his 33 of his first serve points as he cruised to a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win.

The ATP tournament in Auckland as the last preparation tournament before the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian Open in Melbourne. Norrie broke back in the fourth game but he fell behind again after losing serve at 3-3, saving five set points while serving in the ninth game. Instead of bringing the game home, he lost four points in a row to hand the set to his opponent following a huge forehand error after 40 minutes of play. But when he settled down, he chased down everything and produced an impressive array of shots.

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The margins were as fine as they come, but in the end a single service break in the third set was enough to ensure Norrie's passage to the final.

A year ago in Monte Carlo, Kohlschreiber lost just four games against Tennys and he made a strong start today as well, generating those three break points but failing to convert any after good serves from the rival that gave him a huge boost. "It's nice to see the hard work I've put in the last month and a half come to fruition right now". I get down on myself when things start to go wrong, get negative and beat myself up.

Norrie was born in South Africa and plays for Britain but was raised in Auckland and considers it his home town. Norrie is hardly known for his serve but it has carried him all week in New Zealand.

As far as this match is concerned, I am picking Tennys Sandgren to win. "So I was just going to fight for every point and give my everything and I ended up getting out on top".

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