Monfils vs. Djokovic
|Date & Time||Saturday July 1, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils meet Saturday in the 2017 Eastbourne International Final.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Daniil Medvedev that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 86 percent of his first serve points and 41 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic has not dropped a set this tournament and is gaining some much needed confidence after some hit or misses throughout the season. As long as Djokovic is serving well, his return will be good enough to get him over the hump and lead to more consistent success moving forward. Djokovic hopes to win his second title of the 2017 season and his 68th title of his career. Djokovic is 3-3 in his career in final appearances on grass. Djokovic has won 10 of his last 11 matches on grass court.
Gael Monfils is coming off a three sets win over Richard Gasquet that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Monfils won 79 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Monfils is finally sowing some signs of the player he was last season, as this is his first final appearance since last years Washington Open, and lets remember he made the fourth round of the French Open. As long as Monfils is hitting his spots and not letting unforced errors creep into his game, he’s proven to be a force against anybody on tour. Monfils hopes to win his first title of the 2017 season and his seventh title of his career. This is Monfils’ first final appearance of his career on grass court. Monfils has split his last six matches on grass court.
These two have played 14 times in the past and Djokovic has won 13 of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 US Open, a match Djokovic won in four sets. Monfils’ only win over Djokovic came in Italy in 2004. This will be their first meeting on grass.
Djokovic is far more beatable than he has been in the past, but the head to head numbers are quite glaring. Monfils also still has those mental mistakes where he’s on the verge of giving away the match as we just saw in the semifinals. Even a shaky Djokovic who sometimes doesn’t feel like Djokovic can win when those hiccups are being thrown around.
Djokovic wins his 68th career title.