Novak Djokovic wins Eastbourne to boost Wimbledon title hopes

Eastbourne Novak Djokovic sails into final after comfortable win against Daniil Medvedev

Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 to storm into the final of ATP & WTA Eastbourne International on Friday while Gael Monfils pipped Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (4).

Djokovic was playing a competitive warm-up tournament for the first time since 2010 and followed a disappointing quarter-final exit during his French Open success.

The top-ranked Kerber was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Johanna Konta, who was joined in the semi-finals by fellow British player Heather Watson after her 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova.

Novak Djokovic will reinforce his coaching team for next week's Wimbledon by adding former world number seven Mario Ancic alongside American great Andre Agassi.

This time Medvedev could not break him back and, after the Serbian wasted a match point at 5-3, he earned two more before victory was sealed when his opponent sent a forehand return into the net.

Serb faced 3 break points but he repelled them all to keep his serve intact, and he broke Monfils 3 times from 6 chances to stay in front all the time.

Monfils drilled a sumptuous cross-court victor in the Serbian's next service game and was scenting a break at 0-30, but the favourite won the next four points to hold.

For a top player to go out on the court, regardless of the level of competition or the category of the event you always expected to deliver.

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

He didn´t drop serve, while breaking Monfils three times en route to his first grass-court title outside of Wimbledon.

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

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