LYON/STARNBERG, May 23, 2021
Stefanos Tsitsipas clinched the title of the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon. The No. 2 seed of the ATP 250 clay-court tournament defeated Cameron Norrie from Great Britain 6-3, 6-3 in Sunday’s singles final.
Tsitsipas dominated the action right from the beginning, struck seven aces and won 82 per cent of his first-service points to prevail after one hour and nine minutes.
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“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.”
By lifting his seventh ATP career trophy, his second of the season after Monte-Carlo, Tsitsipas earned €41,145 in prize money as well as 250 ATP Ranking points and will now focus on the upcoming French Open at Roland Garros.
“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.
Nys/Puetz take doubles title
Earlier in the day, Hugo Nys from Monaco and Tim Puetz of Germany took the doubles title. The No. 4 seeds defeated the tournament’s top seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 5-7, 10-8. The encounter lasted one hour and 42 minutes.
“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.”
Puetz added:“We had a really good week. 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.”
The Lyon title is Nys’ third tour-level title and Puetz’s fourth, and it’s the first time they have won more than one ATP Tour trophy with the same partner.
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