Djokovic to face Monfils for Eastbourne title

Novak Djokovic will look to clinch a grass-court title on the eve of Wimbledon when he faces Gael Monfils in the final of the Aegon Eastbourne International.

The top-seeded Serb needed just one hour and 23 minutes to defeat Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 on Friday.

It's been a turbulent year for Djokovic, who has dropped down to fourth in the world rankings after a series of disappointing results, leading him to split with almost his entire coaching staff.

He's looked as good in Eastbourne this week as he has anywhere in the world over the past several months, however, and that bodes very well for Wimbledon next week.

The turning point of the match against Medvedev came with  Djokovic serving at 3-4. After digging deep to save three break points, he turned the tables on the Russian in the very next game to break for a 5-4 lead, with the first set following shortly after.

Another break followed early in the second, and Djokovic never looked back.

"I could not be happier to reach the final," said the Serb, who has yet to drop a set in Eastbourne.

"I was hoping to do well but this is the dream result. I can fight for the trophy and I hope to perform."

Awaiting Djokovic in the final is second seed Monfils, who battled past countryman Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-4).

Monfils will have to overcome a 0-13 head-to-head deficit with Djokovic when the two meet for the title on Saturday.

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