Thiem suffers shock defeat to Norrie in Lyon
Dominic Thiem faces a race against time to find form before Roland-Garros begins at the end of this month
World No 4 Dominic Thiem suffered a big blow to his confidence ahead of Roland-Garros when he was beaten 6-3, 6-2 by Britain’s Cameron Norrie in his first match in the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes in Lyon on Thursday.
The Austrian, twice the runner-up at Roland-Garros, continued his poor run of form on his favourite clay surface as he was bundled out by world No 49 Norrie, who claimed his first top-five scalp.
Thiem said he would not be taking a wildcard into next week’s Belgrade event and would hit the practice courts instead.
“Today was a huge step backwards,” he said. “But there is still a little time. I need to practice.”