Norrie beats Molcan to win first clay court title in Lyon
Norrie picks up his second ATP title of the season, becoming only the fifth player to win more than one title in 2022
Top seed and world No 11 Cameron Norrie, of Great Britain, picked up his first clay court ATP title and his second title of the season, with a three-set win over Slovak Alex Molcan in the ATP Lyon Open final on Saturday evening.
Norrie needed just over two-and-a-half hours to beat Molcan 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1 to improve upon his runner-up finish at the tournament last year, where he was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the championship match.
Norrie held two match points late in the second set but Molcan held on to his serve in the 10th game. The Slovak went on to win the set in a tiebreak but Norrie was too strong in the deciding set.
Norrie won the Delray Beach Open title in February and now becomes only the fifth player to win two or more titles on the ATP Tour this year – joining Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Andrey Rublev and Reilly Opelka in that club. It also marked the fourth title of his career, with all of them having come in the past 12 months.
Norrie meets wild card Manuel Guinard in the first round of the French Open, which gets underway in Paris tomorrow, while Molcan meets Federico Coria first and could possibly face world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the second round at Roland-Garros