Novak Djokovic and Karolina Pliskova triumph at Devonshire Park

03 July, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Novak Djokovic

It has been an indifferent year for Djokovic by his usually impeccably high standards, but the Serbian defeated Gael Monfils 6-3 6-4 to take home the title in Eastbourne.

The former world number one took 76 minutes to defeat the Frenchman 6-3, 6-4, marking his first title since his win over Andy Murray in the Qatar Open in January.

Djokovic will play Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament on England's south coast, after the Russian player beat fourth-seeded Steve Johnson 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Djokovic set about putting Monfils under pressure right away and was rewarded with a break in the first game of the match.

After losing his grip on all four of the grand slams that he briefly held at the same time, Djokovic is fighting to re-establish himself at the top of men's tennis, but not at the expense of his well-being. In the second game Monfils fiercely resisted French three get to break points but could not take the filing of the stellar opponent.

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Djokovic has not dropped a single set at Eastbourne.

Tennis - Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Mario Ancic has said that he will be part of the Novak Djokovic camp at Wimbledon in an interview to the media outlet SportskeNovosti. Of course, prior to that call I talked with Andre about who can be joining us in the team as someone who would potentially spend a little bit more time with me on the tour when Andre is not available. Monfils slipped and hurt his left knee near the end of the second set, which is the same injury that caused him problems back in 2012 and also earlier this year when he withdrew from Miami.

"The more matches I play the better I feel".

"I just wanted to play some matches and to see how it goes and to have some hits on grass, especially when I came from Czech (Republic), I didn't practise much on grass", Pliskova said. "On and off the court I was greeted. Playing at Wimbledon and playing at any other tournament, as a matter of fact, gives me a lot of joy, and I think that's the key". He stayed in command by being on target with 87 percent of his first serves in the set.

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