Stefanos Tsitsipas 'proud' after capturing Lyon title



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Stefanos Tsitsipas 'proud' after capturing Lyon title

Top-ranked Green tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas felt proud of his performance in the Lyon final against world No. 49 Cameron Norrie. Tsitsipas, who was seeded at No. 2, dropped just six games in the Lyon final as he handed a 6-3 6-3 defeat to Norrie.

Tsitsipas saved three consecutive break points in the opening game but also failed to convert any of his two break points in the following game. The Greek earned the first game of the match in the eighth game and then easily served out for the opener in the ninth game.

Norrie was up 3-2 after the opening five games of the second set but then surrendered back-to-back breaks and ended up losing the set and the match. “I felt in good shape from the beginning of the tournament. I am proud of today’s match, I knew it would be a difficult one against Cameron who has been showing great tennis this week,” Tsitsipas said on court.

“He has been winning against good players and showing what the left hand 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”.

Tsitsipas in great spirits ahead of the French Open

“It is about getting there as early possible, starting to practise and getting in shape for the big Parisian Grand Slam, which I adore and love and hopefully something good can come from it,” Tsitsipas said.

Meanwhile, No. 4 seed Hugo Nys and Tim Puetz stunned No. 1 seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4 5-7 10-8 in the Lyon doubles final. Nys and Puetz have now won two titles in a row as earlier this month they made it all the way at the Estoril Open.

"I'm happy because it's our second title in a row," Nys said. "It is always nice to play in France in front of this crowd. It is the end of a very, very good week against the best team of the past decade so of course very, very happy."

Nys and Puetz earned two wins in straight sets and two wins in three sets en route to winning Lyon. "We had a really good week," Puetz said. "We beat good teams, we played good tennis the whole week. It came down to a couple points here and there. It could have gone either way and we were lucky to come out on top."