Novak Djokovic advances to semifinals at Eastbourne

02 July, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Novak Djokovic advances to semifinals at Eastbourne

World number 4 Novak Djokovic made a decision to take a wild card in Eastbourne in order to get some matches on grass before Wimbledon, and he went all the way, defeating Gael Monfils 6-3 6-4 in 76 minutes for his 68th ATP title, and the 4th on grass.

At this point last year the Serb had won six titles, including the first two slams of the year and three Masters 1000 events.

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 return victor.

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.

Many fans would have arrived at Eastbourne hoping for Konta and Watson to set up an all-British final.

Novak Djokovic advances to semifinals at Eastbourne

The 30-year-old number one seed has reached only his third final of 2017 and has done so without dropping a set in overcoming Canada's Vasek Pospisil, American Donald Young and Russian Daniil Medvedev.

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

Further improvement is likely needed to succeed at SW19 but ahead of his meeting in Saturday's showpiece with Gael Monfils, Djokovic is taking encouragement following a hard 12 months.

Novotna was the last Czech to lift the trophy at Eastbourne in 1998 and went on to win at Wimbledon that year.

"I'm just glad the way I kind of held my composure, my nerves", said Djokovic, the world No 4. "I didn't really expect this start of the grass-court season, but it gave me a lot of confidence coming to London".

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