EASTBOURNE, England: Novak Djokovic clinched his first title since January with a 6-three, 6-four victory over Gael Monfils in Saturday’s Eastbourne ultimate, whereas Karolina Pliskova lifted the ladies’s trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki.
Djokovic, enjoying the week earlier than Wimbledon for the primary time since 2010, captured his 68th profession title — however simply the second this yr — after downing Monfils for the 14th time in as many conferences.
“It’s been an awesome choice to return right here,” Djokovic, whose type has dramatically tailed off since finishing the profession Grand Slam eventually yr’s French Open, advised Eurosport.
“Coming to Eastbourne I clearly haven’t had as a lot success as in earlier seasons through the first six months.”
The world quantity 4 will face Slovakia’s Martin Klizan within the first spherical at Wimbledon the place he’s a 3-time former champion.
The Serb, who may have former gamers Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic on his Wimbledon teaching workforce, spent solely an hour and 1 / 4 in taming the French second seed.
Djokovic has now gained 19 consecutive matches towards French gamers and fifty six of fifty seven courting again to the 2010 Davis Cup ultimate.
He didn’t drop serve, whereas breaking Monfils 3 times en path to his first grass courtroom title outdoors of Wimbledon.
Earlier, third seed Pliskova beat Danish sixth seed Wozniacki 6-four, 6-four to underline her standing as a Wimbledon title contender.
The Czech secured her third title of the season after breaking Wozniacki as soon as in each units, leaving the Dane nonetheless looking for a primary trophy since her win in Hong Kong final October.
“I simply needed to play some matches and to see the way it goes and to have some hits on grass, particularly once I got here from Czech (Republic), I didn’t practise a lot on grass,” Pliskova stated.
“That’s what occurred, and it got here out that I obtained the title. I didn’t actually anticipate this begin of the grass-courtroom season, however it gave me plenty of confidence coming to London.”
Pliskova wanted eighty minutes to win the trophy and turn into the primary prime-10 participant to win the occasion since former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli in 2011.
The world quantity three was medical in going one higher than when she misplaced to Dominika Cibulkova in final yr’s last, turning into the primary Czech to win the Eastbourne title since Jana Novotna in 1998.
The 25-yr-previous fired ten aces in a powerful serving show, as Wozniacki was unsuccessful on 4 break-level possibilities.
Pliskova will go into Wimbledon as one of many favourites for the title, having additionally reached the French Open semi-finals at Roland Garros final month.
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