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Cameron Norrie defeats world No 4 Dominic Thiem to reach the quarter-finals of the Lyon Open

The remarkable form of Britain’s top two men on Europe’s clay courts continued when Cam Norrie scored the best win of his career by toppling US Open champion Dominic Thiem.

The left-hander, 25, reached the quarter-final of the Lyon Open when he dispatched the Austrian 6-3, 6-2 in just 65 minutes to register a first victory over a top-five player. 

Thiem, world No 4 and a former French Open finalist, was not at his best but is still a formidable scalp on a what is not supposed to be Norrie’s preferred surface.

Cameron Norrie defeated world no 4 Dominic Thiem to reach the quarters of the Lyon Open

Cameron Norrie defeated world no 4 Dominic Thiem to reach the quarters of the Lyon Open

Cameron Norrie defeated world no 4 Dominic Thiem to reach the quarters of the Lyon Open

Combined with other results such as the shock of Dan Evans defeating Novak Djokovic at last month’s Monte Carlo Open, the British pair have excelled in the absence of the injured Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund. 

Both are in the world’s top 20 based on 2021 results alone.

Norrie has already reached the final of the Estoril Open this month and defeating Thiem — one of the main contenders for the French Open — was his 21st victory of the season at main ATP Tour level. 

Norrie dispatched the Austrian 6-2, 6-3 to register his first victory over a top five opponent

‘I’m moving well and I’ve played a lot of matches on this surface,’ Norrie said. 

‘I’m feeling good on my feet and hitting my forehand well and serving well. I’m so pleased to win, it’s the biggest win of my career. 

‘A beautiful day in Lyon.’