Lyon Open: Dominic Thiem beats Gilles Simon in three sets to clinch 10th ATP title ahead of French Open 2018

Ahead of the start of Roland Garros on Sunday, world number eight Thiem battled back from a set down to claim the 200th tour win of his career.

AFP May 27, 2018 14:51:28 IST
Lyon Open: Dominic Thiem beats Gilles Simon in three sets to clinch 10th ATP title ahead of French Open 2018

Lyon: Austrian Dominic Thiem warmed up for the French Open by beating Gilles Simon 3-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-1 to win the ATP Tour event in Lyon on Saturday.

Lyon Open Dominic Thiem beats Gilles Simon in three sets to clinch 10th ATP title ahead of French Open 2018

Dominic Thiem claimed the 200th win of his career. Image courtesy: Twitter @ATPWorldTour

Ahead of the start of Roland Garros on Sunday, world number eight Thiem battled back from a set down to claim the 200th tour win of his career.

The 24-year-old, who will be seeded seventh for the clay-court Grand Slam in Paris, took just his second title of the season after winning another low-quality clay tournament in Buenos Aires in February.

Thiem is the only man to have beaten Rafael Nadal on clay this year, after snapping the world number one's 50-set winning streak on the surface in Madrid, only to lose to Alexander Zverev in the final.

The two-time French Open semi-finalist was in trouble in Lyon, though, as French journeyman Simon moved 4-2 ahead in the second set.

But Thiem broke back in the eighth game before easing through a tie-break and dominating the deciding set.

Now he will head to Paris to prepare for his first-round match against Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka.

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