AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Tennys Sandgren is heading to the Australian Open in career-best form after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2 to reach the ASB Classic final on Friday.
Sandgren beat former champion Kohlschreiber to play in his second ATP Tour final, after the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships last April.
In Saturday’s final he will face British wild card Cameron Norrie who reached his first ATP final by defeating Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5. 4-6, 6-3.
Sandgren used the Auckland hard-court tournament last year as a springboard to his best Grand Slam performance, the quarterfinals of the Australian Open a week after falling in the ASB Classic second round.
He was dominant throughout Friday’s match against Kohlschreiber, who won the Auckland tournament in 2008 and was runner-up in 2013.
Sandgren relied heavily on his service game, winning all but two points on first serve across both sets. He rushed his groundstrokes at first, making nine unforced errors in the first four games. But when he settled down, he chased down everything.
Kohlschreiber tried to upset Sandgren’s momentum with drop shots and subtle…