He was up 4-6 6-4 4-1 but Gasquet reeled off five consecutive games to claim it 4-6 6-4 6-4 which left Norrie emotional and close to tears in his post match interview.
“That one hurts. I wanted that one really bad, said Norrie.
“But all credit to Richard, you hung in there and played better than me. Definitely deserved it today. Well done.
“I have had an amazing week, coming to Auckland, the tournament where I grew up. I have a lot of friends and family here, everyone supporting me, which has been great.
“I really wanted to win the title. This changes nothing, it makes me more hungry and hopefully I can be back and get the title next year.”