Cameron Norrie one game away from second career title after booking berth in Lyon Open final


Norrie, who is the tournament’s top seed, won the match 6-2 5-7 6-4 to face Slovak Alex Molcan in Saturday’s final.

The Briton put on a solid display in the first set, winning 67% of the points on his first serve. Rune fought back in the second as he converted all of his break points to level the semi-final and threaten a comeback.

In the end, Norrie was able to find another gear and put on a great display in the third set to seal the victory and maintain his push for a second career title.

The 26-year-old’s only victory on the ATP Tour came in 2021 when he beat Nikoloz Basilashvili to win the Indian Wells Masters title.

Norrie is now looking to add another piece of silverware to his wardrobe as he advances to the Lyon Open final as the heavy favorite.

Last year, the Johannesburg-born player reached the final in Lyon but suffered a 6-3 6-3 straight loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“It’s never easy to close a game. I had a break in the second and then offered a few easy ones. I was pretty crazy inside but I managed to stay calm “, Norrie said during his on-court interview.

“I was telling myself to stay positive and I managed to play the best two games of the game in the last two games. It’s nice to cross the line when the nerves are there and you want to be in the final again.”

Molcan, who Norrie will face in the final, is currently ranked 46th in the world and enters Saturday’s showpiece after knocking out Alex de Minaur, Federico Coria, Karen Khachanov and veteran o-Wilfried Tsonga.

The 24-year-old turned professional in 2015 and although he remains an underdog against Britain’s number one, he cannot be underestimated.

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