Djokovic captures Eastbourne title

Novak Djokovic capped off his Wimbledon preparations with a victory over Gael Monfils in the final of the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

The Serb remained unbeaten on grass this season with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Frenchman in 76 minutes.

It's Djokovic's first title since January when he won the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. The last few months have been tough for the former World No 1, but he has looked much more comfortable in recent weeks, and appears to be returning to something like his best.

He will now head to Wimbledon full of confidence as he prepares to challenge for a 13th Grand Slam title – and a fourth at the All-England Club.

Monfils always knew he was in for a tough challenge in Saturday's final – he hadn't beaten Djokovic since a Futures event on clay in Italy back in April 2004, and was 0-13 against the Serb at the ATP level.

Djokovic controlled the match from start to finish, breaking in the opening game and again with Monfils serving at 3-5 to close out the first set.

Monfils had two opportunities to break at the top of the second set, and earned another break point in game five, but Djokovic was able to save them all.

He then earned a break and match point with Monfils serving at 4-5 and immediately clinched it to bring the match – and the tournament – to a close.

"This is the best possible preparation for Wimbledon so hopefully I can go on from here," the 30-year-old said.

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