Novak Djokovic beats Gael Monfils to claim Eastbourne title

Djokovic Pliskova win Eastbourne titles to stake Wimbledon claim

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

It was the 12-time Grand Slam champion's first grass-court title since winning Wimbledon in 2015 and the 68th title of his career.

The Serb then confirmed on the court that his friend, former Croatian player Mario Ancic, would be a new part of his coaching team, along with Andre Agassi, at Wimbledon next week.

The top-seeded Djokovic saved two set points, on Young's serve at 5-4 and on his own serve in the tiebreaker, and clinched victory with a returning victor.

Djokovic, having also beaten Canada's Vasek Pospisil and American Donald Young, is yet to drop a set in Eastbourne and will be favorite to defeat Gael Monfils, who defeated fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-4) in the other last-four clash.

"It (his Eastbourne campaign) was just a phenomenal experience that I will definitely take with me to Wimbledon", Djokovic added.

Monfils recovered to take the set into a tie-break, only to miss a third match point before Gasquet, 31, forced a decider when Monfils double-faulted on the third set point.

"I'm just glad the way I kind of held my composure, my nerves", said Djokovic, the world No 4.

Djokovic wasted no time in the final, breaking serve in the opening game, and saved all three break points he faces in the contest.

The world number three was clinical in going one better than when she lost to Dominika Cibulkova in last year's final, becoming the first Czech to win the Eastbourne title since Jana Novotna in 1998.

"I like to play the week before a Grand Slam and get matches in", she said.

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