Stefanos Tsitsipas established himself as a firm trophy challenger at the French Open as he defeated Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday to win the ATP Lyon title.
The trophy was the seventh for Tsitsipas, who lead with four finals so far this season, all in the last two months.
The Greek world No. 5 now owns two titles from the spring clay season after also triumphing in Monte Carlo; he lost to Rafael Nadal in the Barcelona final and reached the quarter-finals last week in Rome.
British No. 2 Norrie, ranked 49th, was denied the first title of his career as he completed his third final.
Tsitsipas won his Tour-leading 33rd match of the season and his 16th on clay this spring.
Norrie, who upset US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the Austrian’s opening round this week, stands 2-12 against Top 10 players.
Tsitsipas claimed the trophy in 70 minutes with seven aces and three breaks of his British opponent.
He won the last five games of the match as he broke Norrie twice to conclude the quick afternoon meeting.
I felt in good shape from the beginning of the tournament. I am proud of today’s match,” Tsitsipas, who leads the ATP with 33 wins in 2021, said.
” I knew it would be a difficult one against Cameron (Estoril clay finalist) who has been showing great tennis this week.
“He’s been winning against good players and showing what a lefty can do on clay.
“It was not an easy match today, I had to handle the nerves and I am proud of my performance and the way I stayed focussed towards my goal.”
The winner now has a week to prepare for Roland Garros, his clay confidence boosted.
“It is about getting (to Paris) as early possible, starting to practice and getting in shape for the big Parisian Grand Slam, which I adore and love.
“Hopefully something good can come from it.”
Main photo:- Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates victory in Lyon – by ATPTour.com