Djokovic beat Monfils straight sets to win Aegon title

Monfils suffered a nasty looking knee injury during the match against Gasquet as he slipped on the court whereas Djokovic made light work of Daniil Medvedev.

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. "It is the best preparation I could have had this week for Wimbledon".

It was also mission accomplished for Djokovic.

He did not drop a set in his first Eastbourne appearance and the 12-time Grand Slam champion eventually secured a 6-3 6-4 win. Monfils continued to struggle on his serve, as the 12-time Grand Slam created two more break points by coming out on top in a lengthy baseline rally, finishing off the point with his trademark backhand drop shot victor. And what is more, they played each other four times, with the only Ancic win coming at Wimbledon in a three and a half hour five-set battle in the fourth round.

Djokovic looked to have regained his confidence and form just in time for another concerted Wimbledon assault.

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Ancic joins coach Andre Agassi, who began working with Djokovic ahead of the French Open.

Novak Djokovic rolls into the Eastbourne International finals. I was hoping I could go one step further and lift the trophy and that's what I did. Saturday's final saw him improve to 14-0 at the ATP level against Monfils with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. He has been returning well all week and played another big server in the previous round, so he will be well-prepared for the Monfils challenge that awaits in the final. "Once he was number seven in the world and he beat (Roger) Federer at Wimbledon".

"But we always stayed in touch and he's one of the closest friends I ever had on the tour". Of course, I would love to win every single tennis match I play in, but I don't try to take that as a very essential moment in my life which determines my happiness.

"I'm really happy I got the trophy this time", Pliskova said.

The Serb accepted a wild card from the tournament last week into what was his first Wimbledon warm-up since 2010, as he usually took off and played an exhibition or two rather than enter an official event.

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