Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was at his ruthless best on Sunday to defeat Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Lyon Open. This is his second ATP Tour title of the year after winning his first ATP Masters 1000 event at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April. The 22-year-old has now won seven ATP Tour titles in his career with his victory over Norrie. “I felt in good shape from the beginning of the tournament,” Tsitsipas said on court.
“I am proud of today’s match, I knew it would be a difficult one against Cameron who has been showing great tennis this week,” Tsitsipas added. “He has been winning against good players and showing what the left hand can do on clay. It was not an easy match today, I had to handle the nerves and I am proud of my performance and the way I stayed focussed towards my goal.”
It was an open start, with both players fending off break points in their opening service games. Slowly Tsitsipas started to assert his dominance but Norrie did well to hold on but not for long. The 22-year-old made the breakthrough in the eighth game to move 5-3 ahead. Tsitsipas then closed out the set with an ace.
The pattern was same in the second set, with Tsitsipas continuing to apply pressure on Norrie from the start. Norrie managed to fend him off temporarily, but the Greek started to force errors out of him, eventually breaking him to lead 4-3. Tsitsipas broke Norrie’s serve again to secure the victory after an hour and nine minutes.
“It is about getting there as early possible, starting to practise and getting in shape for the big Parisian Grand Slam, which I adore and love and hopefully something good can come from it,” the Greek said about Roland Garros.
Tsitsipas has now won all five ATP 250 finals he has played and is yet to drop a set in those matches. On the other hand, this was Norrie’s third ATP Tour final.
Hugo Nys and Tim Puetz won the Lyon Open doubles over top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 on Sunday. “I’m happy because it’s our second title in a row,” Nys said.
“It is always nice to play in France in front of this crowd. It is the end of a very, very good week against the best team of the past decade so of course very, very happy.”