Djokovic hopes Eastbourne win can inspire Wimbledon success

Tammy Harvey
July 2, 2017

Novak Djokovic made light work of promising Russian Daniil Medvedev to reach the Aegon International final on his debut in Eastbourne.

At Wimbledon, Djokovic will seek to become the first player to win an ATP World Tour title and a grand slam in consecutive weeks since Patrick Rafter won Long Island and the US Open in 1998.

"This is the best possible preparation for next week so hopefully I can go on from here", said the 30-year-old Serb.

Djokovic wrapped up the 68th title of his career with another break in the tenth game, when Monfils overhit his booming forehand.

Djokovic once again wrapped up a 6-3 6-4 victory over the Frenchman he consistently gets the better of, lifting the title in his first visit to Devonshire Park without dropping a single set.

The world No. 4 begins against Martin Klizan and will hope to put the woes of the past 12 months behind him and look to add to his three Wimbledon crowns.

The change to the Serbian's pre-SW19 routine appears increasingly likely to result in the significant boost to his confidence that would come with winning today's final in the first year he has played at Eastbourne. This was their 14th meeting and Gael is yet to beat Novak, despite they played some close matches in the past.

Monfils defeated Bernard Tomic 7-6 (4), 6-0 and Gasquet beat third-seeded John Isner 6-3, 6-2.

He suffered a surprise early exit to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon past year, then was beaten by Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka in the US Open final. The Czech secured her third title of the season after breaking Wozniacki once in both sets, leaving the Dane still searching for a first trophy since her win in Hong Kong last October.

"Now it feels like it was a good decision", Djokovic said.

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