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Novak Djokovic and Karolina Pliskova prevail at Eastbourne

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Novak Djokovic and Karolina Pliskova prevail at Eastbourne

Novak Djokovic and Karolina Pliskova prevail at Eastbourne

GLYN KIRK

AFP

Djokovic won his first title in five months with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Gaël Monfils while Karolina Pliskova beat Caroline Wozniacki to lift the women's trophy.

Novak Djokovic clinched his first title since January with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Gaël Monfils in Saturday's Eastbourne final, while Karolina Pliskova lifted the women's trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki.

Djokovic and Pliskova get into gear for Wimbledon

Djokovic, playing the week before Wimbledon for the first time since 2010, captured his 68th career title, but just the second this year, after downing Monfils for the 14th time in as many meetings.

“It's been a great decision to come here, to Eastbourne; I obviously haven't had as much success as in previous seasons during the first six months”, Djokovic told Eurosport.

The world number four will face Slovakia's Martin Klizan in the first round at Wimbledon where he is a three-time former champion.

Earlier today, third seed Pliskova beat Danish sixth seed Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 to underline her status as a Wimbledon title contender. The Czech secured her third title of the season after breaking Wozniacki once in both sets, leaving the Dane still searching for a first trophy since her win in Hong Kong last October.

Pliskova flies the flag for Czech Republic at Eastbourne

Pliskova needed 90 minutes to win the trophy and become the first top-10 player to win the event since former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli in 2011. The world number three was clinical in going one better than when she lost to Dominika Cibulkova in last year's final, becoming the first Czech to win the Eastbourne title since Jana Novotna in 1998.

The 25-year-old fired ten aces in an impressive serving display, as Wozniacki was unsuccessful on four break-point chances. Pliskova will go into Wimbledon as one of the favourites for the title, having also reached the French Open semi-finals at Roland Garros last month.

 

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