British number two Cameron Norrie earned the biggest win of his career by beating Austrian world number four Dominic Thiem in the Lyon Open. Norrie had never beaten an opponent ranked in the world»s top five but won 6-3 6-2 against US Open champion Thiem. The left-hander has enjoyed a strong start to 2021, having already won a joint career-best tally of 21 matches.
Norrie, ranked 49th, played impressively throughout against a below-par Thiem, converting three of his four break points while not facing one himself. “I’m so pleased to win, it’s my highest-ranked win. I couldn»t be happier,” said Norrie, who has won 12 of his 15 clay-court matches this year.
“I’m moving well and playing a lot of matches so feeling good on my feet, hitting my forehand well and serving well. “I’m looking forward to getting another match on the clay before 9oland Garros.” While Norrie will go into this month’s French Open with plenty of confidence – no matter how the rest of the week in Lyon pans out – it was a worrying defeat for top seed Thiem.