Lyon Open 2021: Dominic Thiem vs Cameron Norrie Preview; Head-to-Head & Prediction

Published 05/18/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his quarter final match against John Isner of the U.S. REUTERS/Sergio Perez


World No. 4 Dominic Thiem is scheduled to take on British player Cameron Norrie in the Round of 16 matches at the Lyon Open 2021. This will be the last tournament both players will be a part of before they move towards the French capital, Paris, to compete at the second Grand Slam of the season.

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Dominic Thiem vs Cameron Norrie: Preview

The Austrian athlete is competing in Lyon to gain match practice. In recent events, performances registered by Dominic Thiem have been unsatisfactory and the star player is looking to gain some confidence as the French Open begins soon. 

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He began his season in Australia and was unable to go deep into the events. In recent years, Thiem has been a real threat to the other players on Tour but this season, he has not maintained those standards. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 13, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his third round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

On the other hand, Cameron Norrie has impressed this year. He was the finalist at the 2021 Estoril Open. Besides Jannik Sinner, the British player has managed to win 18 matches this season. The 25-year-old player has won six titles in his career so far, in the Challenger singles and Future singles categories. 

Thiem vs Norrie: Head-to-Head

Both players have faced each other once in the past. Although the Austrian star won the battle, it was a close-fought contest. They played their match in Acapulco in Mexico. This was in 2018 and the match ended after close to 2 hours and 30 minutes with a scoreline of 6-3 5-7 7-5.

Thiem vs Norrie: Prediction

The Austrian athlete is going through a rough period. However, he will give his 100%, and given his experience on the clay courts, he will have the edge over his opponent. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 23, 2021 Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie in action during his quarter final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Albert Gea

On the other side of things, Norrie has impressed this season, especially on the clay courts. His stint at the Estoril Open this season will give him the motivation, moving into the great challenge of facing the two-time French Open finalist. 

Their previous match went into three sets and when they face each other tomorrow, it seems like the match will go the distance. Both players will need to bring their best game to emerge on top. 

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Prediction: Dominic Thiem to win in three sets

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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