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.