Cam Norrie moved to within one win of the first ATP title of his career after winning two matches in one day on Saturday to reach the Lyon final.
The 49th-ranked Brit ran his record this season to 22-10, finishing off a quarter-final over France’s Arthur Rinderknech 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and following up just a few hours later as he crushed Karen Khachanov 6-1, 6-1.
The 67-minute rout of the Russian put Norrie into Sunday’s title match against second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who reached his third clay final of 2021 with a defeat of Lorenzo Musetti 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
Norrie played this month’s Estoril final but has never won a match in two Roland Garros appearances.
The former clay outsider is proving his worth on the clay after defeating former Top 10 player Khachanov for the second time this year.
I had a tough loss in my last final so it’s nice I can get another opportunity so soon,” Norrie said.
“It’s going to be tough against Stefanos. He’s in the zone as well, so it’s going to be an interesting final.”
Norrie made his presence known this week in Lyon as he upset top seed and US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the Austrian’s opening round.
“You just come out and you’re feeling the ball good and you’re playing well, I think I used that to my advantage,” the winner said.
“I played pretty flawless and pretty clean tennis against Karen.”
Norrie booked his place in the final as he broke Khachanov three times in the second set, including the last game.
“I played pretty lights out in the match against Karen. It was perfect conditions. I think my game frustrated him a lot.
“Definitely a good day for me, I’ll take it.”
Norrie defeated last month’s Monte Carlo champion Tsitsipas in their only previous match at the Hopman Cup three years ago.
Main photo:- Cameron Norrie winning Lyon semi-final – by ATPTour.com