Norrie made tremendous progress on clay in the past few years winning a few trophies on it. He won Rio this year and began his title defence in Lyon with a good win over Goffin. He was heavily favoured in the clash and justified that in the opening set by comfortably outplaying the Belgian 6-3.
The second set was a bit more complicated as Goffin produced a much better effort this time around. He was up 3-0 with a good chance to send this match into a 3rd set but Norrie was able to battle back and make it 3-3. After that, Norrie continued applying heavy pressure on Goffin with the Belgian ultimately losing 4-6.