‘I was pretty mad’ – Cameron Norrie survives scare to reach Lyon final
British number one Cameron Norrie survived a second set wobble to reach the 10th ATP final of his career after defeating teenager Holger Rune in the Lyon Open semi-finals.
Norrie, who is the top seed in the event, cruised to a first set lead and looked set to record a routine victory as he was 4-2 up in the second set.
However the in form Holger Rune, who earlier this month claimed his maiden ATP title at the Munich Open, rallied winning five of the next six games to force a decider.
The 26-year-old Brit was able to wrestle back the momentum and regain focus as he managed to claim the crucial break of serve in the ninth game and then hold his service game to love to see out a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win.
The world number 11 will continue the quest for his maiden clay-court title when he plays Alex Molcan in the final at the ATP 250 event on Saturday, after the Slovakian beat Alex de Minaur in straight sets in the semi-finals.
Reflecting on his performance and his second set wobble, Norrie admitted he “was pretty mad” but was able to keep his emotions in check.
Speaking post-match, the Brit told reporters, “It is never easy to close a match. I had a break in the second and then gifted a couple easy ones. I was pretty mad inside but I managed to stay composed.
“I was telling myself to stay positive and I managed to play the two best games of the match in the last two games. It is nice to get over the line when the nerves are there and you want to be in the final again.”
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