British quantity two Cameron Norrie earned the largest win of his profession by beating Austrian world quantity 4 Dominic Thiem within the Lyon Open.
Norrie had by no means crushed an opponent ranked on the earth’s prime 5 however received 6-3 6-2 in opposition to US Open champion Thiem.
The left-hander has loved a powerful begin to 2021, having already received a joint career-best tally of 21 matches.
The 25-year-old will play France’s Arthur Rinderknech, who beat Italian Jannik Sinner, within the final eight.
Norrie, ranked forty ninth, performed impressively all through in opposition to a below-par Thiem, changing three of his 4 break factors whereas not dealing with one himself.
“I am so happy to win, it is my highest-ranked win. I could not be happier,” stated Norrie, who has received 12 of his 15 clay-court matches this 12 months.
“I am shifting nicely and enjoying numerous matches so feeling good on my toes, hitting my forehand nicely and serving nicely.
“I am trying ahead to getting one other match on the clay earlier than Roland Garros.”
Whereas Norrie will go into this month’s French Open with loads of confidence – irrespective of how the remainder of the week in Lyon pans out – it was a worrying defeat for prime seed Thiem.
The 27-year-old is likely one of the world’s main gamers on the pink filth, having received 10 of his 17 titles on the floor, in addition to ending runner-up at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019.
However he’s nonetheless attempting to rediscover his greatest kind after taking two months away from the tour earlier this 12 months.
Thiem stated he wanted a “small reset” after the bodily and emotional nature of successful his maiden Grand Slam title on the US Open in September took its toll.