Great Britain's Cameron Norrie was in great spirits after stunning world No. 4 Dominic Thiem in Lyon as he acknowledged that was the biggest win of his career. Norrie, ranked at No. 49 in the world, handed a 6-3 6-2 loss to Thiem in the Lyon round-of-16.
Thiem, who was seeded at No. 1 in the Lyon main draw, had a first round bye at the tournament and he was playing his first match at the tournament. Norrie broke Thiem in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to earn the opener.
Thiem won the opening game of the second set but then lost five consecutive games. Thiem ended Norrie's run in the seventh game but it didn't change much as the Briton served out for the match in the following game.
“I’m so pleased to win today, it’s the biggest win of my career and my highest-ranked win,” Norrie said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website. “It’s such a beautiful day in Lyon… I couldn’t be happier to get the win today and to get another match on the clay before Roland Garros”.
Norrie ready for the next challenge
Norrie now awaits the winner of the match between Jannik Sinner and Arthur Rinderknech. “I’m moving well and I’ve played a lot of matches [on clay],” Norrie said.
“I’m feeling good on my feet and hitting my forehand well and serving well. I’m looking forward to the next match, it’s going to be a tricky one as both those guys are great players”. Meanwhile, Thiem wasn't happy at all after winning only five games against Norrie.
"It's just a huge step back, I was hoping to take the little positive signs from Madrid and Rome here, but didn't work out. I have to analyze now and look now at Roland-Garros," Thiem said, per Chris Oddo.