Eastbourne | Djokovic successfully completes his refresher
Novak Djokovic leaves Eastbourne for Wimbledon with the Aegon International Trophy and a new sense of purpose having brought to an end a six-month title drought.
This is the best possible build-up and preparation for what's coming next week and hopefully I'll be able to take it from here Novak Djokovic
His status as a title contender for this year’s Championships has certainly improved following his 6-3 6-4 victory over Gael Monfils in the final at Devonshire Park, finishing the week as champion without dropping a single set in all his four matches.
It was his first grass court title since winning Wimbledon two years ago and will face Martin Klizan in his first round at SW19 on Tuesday.
Psychologically his trip to South coast has proved a great decision for he has been able to relax in a tennis environment amongst fans who appreciated being able to watch one of the Big Four in action. Whatever has been bedevilling him these last few months should have been swept aside despite the opposition perhaps not being to the highest of standards.
Djokovic, who expects Andre Agassi in to return to oversee his coaching, has now added Mario Ancic to his coaching team.
Monfils, who was probably nursing a knee injury following his fall during his semi-final victory of compatriot Gael Monfils the previous day, was unable to stop Djokovic recording his 14th win over him as te Serb increased his tally of titles to 68.
Djokovic set about putting the Frenchman under pressure from the outset and was rewarded with a break in the first game of the match. He then mixed up his game to great effect as he controlled the game to take the first set.
Monfils had chances to break the Serb in the second but was foiled on every occasion with Djokovic raising his arms in victory when a Monfils, after 77-minutes, blasted a forehand long on match point.
Speaking later, the Eastbourne champion said: “This is the best possible build-up and preparation for what’s coming next week and hopefully I’ll be able to take it from here.”