Cameron Norrie overtakes Alex Molcan for the Lyon crown | ATP Tour
The top seed lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the championship match at the ATP 250 event last year, but produced an intense, action-packed performance against Molcan to ensure he didn’t fall again at the final hurdle this week, sealing the victory on his third match point.
In a fierce battle, Norrie recovered from wasting two match points on Molcan’s serve in the second set as he held off an attacking bombardment from the 24-year-old to finally triumph in the decider after two hours and 31 minutes.
“It’s my first title on clay, so it means a lot to me,” Norrie said during his on-court interview. “I couldn’t be happier with how I handled everything this week. This one feels the best so far. I don’t know why, it’s so special and I couldn’t be happier and I’m truly speechless right now. It was an incredible atmosphere. Thank you all for coming out.
“I had chances to close games in straight sets this week and do it easier than usual and it didn’t go that way and I was able to let that go and react. In the third set, I moved very well and it’s nice to cross the line.
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The Briton, who won Francois Cerundolo, sebastien baez and Holger Rune en route to the championship game, became the fifth player to win multiple tour-level titles in 2022, joining Carlos Alcaraz (4), Raphael Nadal (3), Andrei Rublev (3) and Reilly Opelka (2). Norrie shot down Opelka to lift the trophy at Delray Beach in February.
The world No. 11 has now won four ATP Tour titles in his career, with his victory in the south of France the first time he has won a crown on clay. This is also Norrie’s first touring triumph outside of North America.
Norrie got off to a quick start on Center Court causing Molcan problems with his tight groundstrokes, the Slovak taking time to settle. The Briton took a double lead, and while Molcan clawed one back, he was unable to hit Norrie with any consistency as the 26-year-old advanced.
Breaks were then exchanged at the start of the second set, before Norrie mentioned two match points on Molcan’s serve at 4-5. However, the 24-year-old saved both before continuing to attack in the tie-break to equalise. Norrie came out firing in the third set, however, putting his disappointment behind him to play the most consistent tennis, pulling Molcan side to side to register the victory.
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Molcan swept away Jo-Wilfried The best of Jo-Wilfried, Karen Khachanov, Federico Coria and Alex de Minaure in straight sets to reach his third ATP Tour final and his second in as many months, having qualified for the championship match in Marrakech.
However, the 24-year-old, who sits No. 38 on the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, was unable to outsmart Norrie for long stretches in front of a packed crowd in Lyon.
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