British No 2 Cam Norrie denied by high-flying Stefanos Tsitsipas as Greek claims victory in final of the Lyon Open
- Britain’s Cameron Norrie fell just short of a maiden ATP title
- He was beaten 6-3 6-3 in the Lyon Open final by Stefanos Tsitsipas
- The Greek took just 70 minutes to claim his seventh career title
Cam Norrie’s hopes of winning a maiden ATP Tour title were stifled on Sunday by the man increasingly looking like the next new Grand Slam champion in men’s tennis.
Another excellent week for the British No 2 ended when he lost the final of the Lyon Open 6-3, 6-3 to Stefanos Tsitsipas, who clocked his 33rd singles victory of 2021.
With the French Open starting next Sunday, the Greek, 22, showed again why he is the player with the best chance of upsetting Rafael Nadal’s Paris monopoly, apart from Novak Djokovic. Tsitsipas is the world’s highest-ranking points scorer this year, while Norrie is in 14th position as he enjoys the best season of his career.
Cam Norrie’s hopes of winning a maiden ATP Tour title were stifled on Sunday
The southpaw, 25, is becoming recognised as a threat to the best players, as Tsitsipas admitted afterwards.
‘I knew it would be difficult,’ he said. ‘Cameron has been winning against good players and showing what the left hand can do on clay. It was not an easy match.’
Due to the temporary semi-freezing of the rankings Norrie (right) still only finds himself at 45 in the world but is clearly playing to a higher standard. This was his second final in three tournaments following on from Estoril, and all on a surface where he is short of experience.
Norrie lost the final of the Lyon Open 6-3, 6-3 to the high-flying Stefanos Tsitsipas
He can count himself slightly unfortunate not to have one of the 32 seeded places when the draw for Roland Garros is made on Thursday.
Norrie’s serve has been one of the key features of his improvement in 2021 but he was beaten on this front. Tsitsipas delivered seven aces while Norrie contributed five double faults,.
‘It was an unreal level in the first set, he gave me nothing,’ said Norrie. ‘Rafa and him are probably the best players on clay at the moment so it was a great test.’
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