Djokovic reached the final of the tournament in Eastbourne
Photo: Gareth Fuller, Associated Press
Novak Djokovic, the favorite, did not concede a set in three matches in this tournament played on the grass.
Eastbourne, United Kingdom — Novak Djokovic has reached his third final in 2017 after having disposed of Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 at the tournament in Eastbourne on Friday.
Djokovic, the favorite, did not concede a set in three matches in this tournament played on the grass, in which it participates for the first time in the hope to regain form in time for Wimbledon.
The Serbian will have an appointment with the French Gael Monfils, who defeated his fellow countryman Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (4). Monfils finished the match with a bandage on his left leg as he twisted his knee by sliding, after having conducted a service at the end of the second set.
He sealed the outcome of the meeting with a powerful service that could not be mastered by Gasquet, bringing his record to 9-7 in his career against him.
Djokovic has triumphed at the Open championship of Qatar in January — its first tournament of the season 2017 — but since it has not participated to the final of the Rome Masters, where he lost to Alexander Zverev in may.
Earlier Friday, Johanna Konta may have to miss Wimbledon because of an injury to the spine that forced her to withdraw from her match of the semi-finals.
Konta, the seventh head of series, fell heavily to the ground towards the end of his match of quarter-finals at Eastbourne against Angelique Kerber on Thursday. She had to face in the square of aces Karolina Pliskova, who received a pass to the finals on Saturday. Pliskova will meet the iron with Caroline Wozniacki for winning the title.
Wozniacki has played despite an injury to the abdomen, and defeated Heather Watson 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. Denmark could win his second title at the tournament, presented in the south of England, after that of 2009.
Konta is the sixth seeded in Wimbledon. She must face Su-Wei Hsieh in the first round Monday.
Wimbledon: the “Big 4” of tennis male will not be an easy task
London — The “Big 4” of tennis male has not been spoiled by the draw. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the only four male players to have triumphed at Wimbledon, the last fourteen years and the four main headliners this year, could all find themselves facing tough opponents from the quarter-finals. Federer, seeking an eighth title record at the All England Club, could face the finalist of last year’s Milos Raonic at the quarter-finals before a meeting against Djokovic or Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals. Murray, the title holder, could have to beat Stanislas Wawrinka before a possible clash with Nadal. The champion of the Internationaux de France would have before to get rid of Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals. The draw the more difficult returns to Djokovic, triple champion at Wimbledon. To the money since her victory at Roland Garros last year, the Serbian has the potential to be a match of the third round against Juan Martin del Potro. The champion of the International the United States in 2009, has defeated Djokovic in the first round of the olympic tournament last year. Djokovic, however, has won its three meetings with him this year.