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Djokovic into Eastbourne final

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Originally published on 30/06/17 00:00

The top seed has not dropped a set en route to the championship match and he will play either Gael Monfils or Richard Gasquet on Saturday afternoon.

Djokovic seized the initiative in the early stages of the match however Medvedev hit back and stayed close on the scoreboard. Despite the world No.4 struggling to find consistency on his forehand wing, he was still able to pocket the opener by six games to four.

The Serbian started the second set in confident fashion and he achieved a break of serve immediately. The Russian tried to respond but his hopes of reaching a second ATP final were soon over.

Medvedev has impressed during the short grass-court season and he will turn his attention to Wimbledon – where he will play Stan Wawrinka in an intriguing first round encounter.

After reaching his third final of the season, Djokovic said: “It was a very close opening set. I started off both sets very well with a break in the first game but Danniil is a very talented player and his trajectory in the ATP rankings is only going up.

“He has probably been enjoying his best success over the last six months and it’s not easy to hit through him. I had to mix up the pace and find my way around it (his power) and it worked. I’m just happy to get through.”

In the WTA event in Eastbourne, Caroline Wozniacki defeated Heather Watson 6-2 3-6 7-5 to reach the final.

The Dane, who lifted the title in 2009, recovered from a beak down in the deciding set to claim a significant win and set up a final showdown with Karolina Pliskova.

The Czech reached the final without striking a ball as Johanna Konta withdrew from their semi-final clash with a back injury.

 

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