Top seed Thiem out of Lyon ATP event

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Top seed Dominic Thiem has fallen victim to the best victory of Cameron Norrie's career in the second round of the Lyon Open.

Norrie produced a brilliant performance to beat the Austrian world No.4 6-3 6-2 in just over an hour.

The British number two is enjoying the best season of his career, reaching the final of the ATP tournament in Estoril and consistently beating players ranked above his mark of 49.

"I'm so pleased to win today. It's my biggest win of my career. I couldn't be happier to get the win today and to get another match on the clay before Roland Garros, Norrie said in his on-court interview.

Thiem took nearly two months off after losing in Dubai in March before returning earlier this month to make the Madrid Open semi-finals.

"It was a huge disappointment just now. Just also a big, I would stay, step backwards after promising tournaments in Madrid and Rome. I don't really know why," Thiem admitted.

"I was preparing well here ... I was hoping to take the little positive signs from Madrid and Rome here, but it didn't work out. I have to analyse (it) now and look (towards) Roland Garros."

Norrie will face another surprise winner in French lucky loser Arthur Rinderknech, who stunned Italian sixth seed Jannick Sinner 6-7 (9-7) 6-2 7-5.

Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had little trouble disposing of unseeded American Tommy Paul 6-1 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.

Greek Tsitsipas will meet Japanese left-hander Yoshihito Nishioka, who toppled fifth seed and home favourite Gael Monfils 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-2).