Cameron Norrie in the first round of Wimbledon 2018
Cameron Norrie in the first round of Wimbledon 2018 | (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Lyon 2021 | Norrie downs Moutet to set up Thiem challenge in Lyon

  • Cameron Norrie def Corentin Moutet 7-5 6-3
  • Norrie v Dominic Thiem [1] | H2H: Thiem leads 1-0
LYON, FRANCE – Cameron Norrie overcame a tricky start against Corentin Moutet to advance into the second round where he will face top seed Dominic Thiem in Lyon.


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Cameron Norrie def Corentin Moutet 7-5 6-3

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Cameron Norrie overcame a slow start in his first round match against the sometimes inconsistent Corentin Moutet to reach the second round in Lyon. Moutet dictated play early on and used his firepower to break in the third game.

Norrie eventually adapted to the Frenchman’s game to get the break back for 3-3. The pair then exchanged breaks in the seventh and eight games before the Brit landed the crucial blow to break to love in the 12th game to claim the opening set.

In the second set Moutet overcame early pressure from Norrie to save three break points in the fourth game. Then the Frenchman broke for a 3-2 lead but couldn’t hold on to his advantage as Norrie broke straight back. The Brit’s consistent power was too much for the erratic Moutet as the World No. 49 reeled off four games in a row to claim victory.


Cameron Norrie v Dominic Thiem [1] H2H & Match Fundamentals

Cameron Norrie v Dominic Thiem [1]

H2H: Thiem leads 1-0

ATP Lyon

Lyon, France

Clay (O)

Prize Money: €9,000

Scheduled 4th on Court Central, not before 3pm (2pm BST)

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Next up for Norrie is top seed and two-time Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem who is still working his way into top form.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Clay)

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Cameron Norrie (WR 49)

Dominic Thiem (WR 4)

Tournament Previous Best

R1 (2019)

Winner (2018)

1st Serve %



Service Games Won %



Break Points Saved %



2nd Serve Return Points Won %



Break Points Converted %



In terms of the match the key area for Norrie is converting break points as he has a better record than Thiem this clay season with the Austrian also having better record at winning his own service games. Thiem’s second serve return points will have to improve if he wants to break Norrie’s serve on a consistent basis.


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Playing Styles and Prediction

This year has been a struggle mentally and physically for the Austrian and that is something that Norrie will look to capitalise on. Based on form and how tight their previous meeting was you would have to give the edge to the Brit and say that this is his best chance to get a big top five win.

Having said that, Thiem on clay is a different beast and if the Austrian’s defensive game is firing then it really is the top seed’s match to lose. Norrie will have to increase his first serve percentage and be clinical if he wants to come away from Lyon with one of the biggest wins of his career.

Prediction: Thiem in three sets.


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