ATP Lyon: Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Cameron Norrie to claim seventh ATP title



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ATP Lyon: Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Cameron Norrie to claim seventh ATP title

World no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed the seventh ATP title and the second of the season in Lyon, securing 33 wins so far in 2021 and leading the ATP Race! The Greek served for the victory against world no. 1 in Rome last week, losing in three tight sets and deciding to enter Lyon with a wild card and play more matches ahead of Roland Garros.

Stefanos defeated Tommy Paul, Yoshihito Nishioka and Lorenzo Musetti to reach the final, bouncing back from a set down against the Italian to set the title clash versus Cameron Norrie. The Briton has been in an incredible form on clay this spring, just like Stefanos, advancing into the title clash and seeking the first ATP crown.

Still, Tsitsipas proved to be too strong today, scoring a 6-3, 6-3 triumph in 69 minutes. The Greek dropped 12 points in nine service games, facing three break chances in the opening game and delivering eight comfortable holds after that to keep the pressure on the other side.

The Briton couldn't follow that pace, losing 43% of the points behind the initial shot and suffering three breaks to finish with the runner-up prize.

Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Cameron Norrie in the final in Lyon for ATP title No.

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Tsitsipas sprayed a forehand error in the first game to face three break points, erasing them with powerful forehands and landing an ace to bring the game home and avoid an early setback. Norrie saved two break points in the second game, and they both served well after that to remain neck and neck.

Stefanos held at love with a backhand winner in game seven and grabbed a break a few minutes later following a terrible smash from Norrie. Serving for the set at 5-3, the Greek landed an ace down the T line for a hold at 15 and the advantage ahead of set number two.

There was nothing to separate the rivals in the second set's opening six games, with great serving and no chance for returners. A left-hander sprayed a forehand mistake in the seventh game to experience a break and send Stefanos 4-3 up, serving to stay in the final at 3-5.

Eager to seal the deal as soon as possible, Tsitsipas earned another break to move over the top and continue his dream season ahead of Roland Garros, where he should be among the favorites.