Cameron Norrie d Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-2
Norrie to win @3.75 ✅
My predictions in 'ATP Lyon Day 4 Predictions' could not have been more true. Thiem didn't have the form, or the response to Norrie's somewhat unique playing style.
Richard Gasquet d Diego Schwartzmann 6-3 7-5
Schwartzmann to win in 3 @3.7 ❌
Not surprised Schwartzmann lost here. Schwartzmann is definitely not in his usual form, and Gasquet was more clinical, and the crowd propelled Gasquet over the line, especially in the second set.
Stefanos Tsitsipas d Tommy Paul 6-1 6-4
Tsitsipas in 2 @1.5 ✅
Tsitsipas continued his fine form in Lyon, not even giving any break point opportunities to the American. The Greek won 85% of his first serves, compared to just 61% for the American, who usually relies on his surface. This stat alone directed the match into a straight sets victory.
Yoshihito Nishioka d Gael Monfils 4-6 6-3 7-6(2)
Nishioka @2.75 ✅
It was a worrying match for NIshioka as Monfils definitely had the crowd behind him. Monfils was definitely in the zone in the first set, but the unforced errors were showing. The Flying Frenchman is possibly no more. Monfils unforced errors were showing as he was visibly getting tired. At 34, it is likely Monfils isn't training as hard, and isn't conditioned to courts, especially a tiring one like clay where the ball moves slower and you have to endure more minutes on court. Nishioka is nine years younger and, with enough left-handed forehands to Monfils backhand, the Frenchman got tired and left the match for Nishoka's taking. Despite NIshioka taking a break midway through the third set, the Frenchman (and the crowd) were able to fight back, but it wasn't enough.
Arthur Rinderknech d Jannik Sinner 6-7(7) 6-2 7-5
Sinner in 2 @1.6 ❌
The French crowd must have really put Sinner off his game, because Rinderknech's game is what it should be for world no 124. The Italian got broken six times throughout the match, giving unforced errors and leaving the opportunity for the Frenchman to grab.