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The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS -

No­vak Djokovic gave his Wim­ble­don hopes a boost by win­ning the Eastbourne (Eng­land) In­ter­na­tional fi­nal against Gael Mon­fils.

Djokovic won, 6-3, 6-4, for his first ti­tle since Jan­uary in Qatar.

“Hope­fully, I’ll be able to take the per­for­mance here and a good level of con­fi­dence into Wim­ble­don,” Djokovic said.

In the women’s fi­nal, Karolina Pliskova, a Wim­ble­don semi­fi­nal­ist last year, beat 2009 cham­pion Caro­line Woz­ni­acki, 6-4, 6-4, for her third ti­tle of the year.

“I’m re­ally happy I got the tro­phy this time,” Pliskova said. “I feel quite okay on grass . . . . The serve is def­i­nitely my big­gest weapon, and if it’s work­ing, then it’s real trou­ble for the op­po­nent.”

It was also mis­sion ac­com­plished for Djokovic.

Af­ter los­ing in the French Open quar­ter­fi­nals and then need­ing a break, he de­cided to play a grass event be­fore Wim­ble­don for the first time in seven years and re­ceived a wild card for his first trip to Eastbourne. He broke Mon­fils to start and fin­ish the first set. In the sec­ond, he saved three break points and broke Mon­fils to cap the fi­nal and im­prove to 14-0 against the French­man.

It’s the 68th ca­reer ti­tle for Djokovic and his first on grass out­side of Wim­ble­don, which he won in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Pliskova earned her ninth ca­reer ti­tle by break­ing Woz­ni­acki once in each set.

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