Thiem to take on Simon in Lyon Open final

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LYON, France (AP) Top-seeded Dominic Thiem will take on local favorite Gilles Simon in the final of the Lyon Open after winning two matches Friday.

The eighth-ranked Austrian first needed 50 minutes to complete a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (0), 6-4 victory over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez after their quarterfinal match was suspended by darkness at one set apiece on Thursday evening. Thiem then defeated Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in slightly under two hours.

Thiem has won his past five matches against Simon and leads the Frenchman 6-2 in career meetings.

Simon, who has a 5-1 record in clay-court finals, beat Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-1, 7-6 (6).

Updated May 25, 2018