Eastbourne - Novak Djokovic won his second title of 2017 on
Saturday as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Gael Monfils in the
Eastbourne International final.
The Serb remained unbeaten against Monfils on the ATP tour
as he extended his head-to-head advantage over the Frenchman to 14-0 in one
hour and 16 minutes.
Having ended a trophy-drought stretching back to the Qatar
Open in January, Djokovic will begin his Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday full of
Earlier Saturday, third-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 6-4 to win the women's event on England's
Monfils's attempt to end his losing streak against the world
No 4 was quickly blunted as he dropped serve in the opening game, before being
broken again in the final game of the first set.
Despite his renowned retrieval skills, Monfils was unable to
impose his return game as Djokovic made 87 per cent of his first serves during
the opening set.
Monfils emerged with renewed intent for the second set, but
Djokovic was able to summon the grit that has so often been lacking this season
as he fought off three break points.
Equally familiar was the sight of Djokovic increasing his
intensity as Monfils served to stay in the match at 4-5, taking victory at the first
Pliskova claimed her third title of 2017 and ninth overall
as she broke once in each set to defeat 2009 champion Wozniacki.
The Czech was a beaten finalist in this tournament on
England's south coast last year, losing to Dominika Cibulkova.
"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
Sixth-seeded Wozniacki had her only break points of the
match in the sixth game of the second set but let four opportunities slip by.
"I thought I played really well, I did what I could
today," Wozniacki said. "I had trouble getting the serves back, but it's
great preparation before Wimbledon."