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Djokovic triumphs in
Djokovic gave his Wimbledon hopes
a boost by winning the Eastbourne
International final against Gael
Monfils in straight sets yesterday.
Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4 for his first
title since January in Qatar.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to take the
performance here and a good level of
confidence into Wimbledon,” Djokovic
In the women’s final, Karolina Plisk-
ova, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year,
beat 2009 champion Caroline Wozni-
acki 6-4, 6-4 for her third title of the
The Czech was the beaten finalist
“I’m really happy I got the trophy
this time,” Pliskova said. “I feel quite
OK on grass. ... The serve is definitely
my biggest weapon and, if it’s working,
then it’s real trouble for the opponent.”
It was also mission accomplished
for Djokovic. After losing in the French
Open quarterfinals, and needing a fillip,
he decided to play a grass event before
Wimbledon for the first time in seven
years, and received a wild card for his
first trip to Eastbourne.
He broke Monfils to start and finish
the first set. In the second, he saved
three break points, and broke Monfils
to cap the final and improve to 14-0
against the Frenchman on the tour.
It’s the 68th career title for Djokovic,
and his first on grass outside of Wim-
bledon, which he won in 2011, 2014,
Pliskova earned her ninth career title
by breaking Wozniacki once in each set.
The sixth-seeded Wozniacki had her
only break points of the match in the
sixth game of the second set but let four
opportunities slip by.
“I had trouble getting the serves
back,” she said, “but its great prepa-
ration before Wimbledon.” (AP)
Can anyone end the Big 4’s title streak?
LONDON—Roger Federer, Novak Djok-
ovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have
ruled Wimbledon for the past 14 years,
combining to win the tournament every
time in that span.
No real surprise, given the way that Big 4
“Because they’ve been so good compared
to every other player the last 10, 15 years,”
fifth-seeded Stan Wawrinka said Saturday at
the All England Club, two days before play be-
gins, “they’ve been winning here every year.”
Somewhere, of course, there is a man who
one day will win Wimbledon—and other
Grand Slam titles, too.
Asked about the quartet’s reign at the
grass-court major, Federer said: “It’s like
that, but (things) can change tomorrow,
John McEnroe recalls knowing early on in
the careers of players such as Nadal or Djok-
ovic that they would break through.
Lately, though, the seven-time major
champion said, “I don’t see that person right
now that’s got it all, where you’re like, ‘OK.’”
McEnroe’s brother, Patrick, agreed the
most likely winner will again be a member
of the usual group. And he went a step further.
“We’re going to be likely talking about two
of those four guys on ‘championship Sun-
day,’” said Patrick, who joins John as an ESPN
analyst during the fortnight.
A glance at Wimbledon 2017
(The year’s third Grand Slam
SURFACE: Grass courts.
SITE: The All England Lawn Tennis Club.
SCHEDULE: Main-draw play begins Mon-
day. The 14-day tournament closes with the
women’s singles final July 15, and the men’s
singles final July 16. There are no matches
scheduled for the two-week tournament’s
middle Sunday, July 9.
2016 MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPION:
Andy Murray of Britain.
2016 WOMEN’S SINGLES CHAMPION: Serena
Williams of the United States.
LAST YEAR: Murray beat Milos Raonic 6-4,
7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) for his second Wimbledon
trophy and third Grand Slam title overall.
Raonic, the first man from Canada to play
in a major singles final, came in averaging
25? aces per match but wound up with only
eight against the terrific-returning Murray.
Back in 2013, Murray’s first Wimbledon
championship ended Britain’s 77-year wait
for one of its own to win the men’s final.
Williams defeated Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3
for her seventh Wimbledon title and 22nd
Grand Slam singles championship overall,
pulling even with Steffi Graf for most in the
Open era, which began in 1968. Williams then
surpassed Graf at this year’s Australian Open
with No. 23.
MISSING FROM THE FIELD: Williams is preg-
nant and taking the rest of this season off, so
she will not defend her title.
Also absent: 2004 champion Maria Shara-
pova, who is sitting out the tournament for
the second straight year. She missed the 2017
grass-court circuit with an injured left thigh;
the Russian would have needed to try to qual-
ify because her ranking was too low to get
into the main draw after her return from a
15-month doping suspension that sidelined
her during Wimbledon a year ago.
BACK IN THE FIELD: Rafael Nadal, fresh off
his record tenth championship at the French
Open, returns to Wimbledon after being out
last year with an injured left wrist.
Two of his 15 major titles came at Wimble-
don. Former No. 1 and two-time Australian
Open champion Victoria Azarenka sat out
Wimbledon last year with an injured right
knee and missed time more recently while
Now a mom to son Leo, Azarenka will be par-
ticipating in her first Grand Slam tournament
since the 2016 French Open.
KEY STATISTIC I: 14 — Consecutive Wim-
bledon men’s titles won by Roger Federer
(7), Novak Djokovic (3), Nadal (2) or Andy
KEY STATISTIC II: 2 — Number of past Wim-
bledon champions in the women’s field, Ve-
nus Williams (5) and Petra Kvitova (2).
PRIZE MONEY: Total is 31.6 million pounds
(about $40 million), with 2.2 million pounds
(about $2.8 million) each to the men’s and
women’s singles champions.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after defeating France’s Gael Monfils in
the men’s singles final at the AEGON International tennis tournament at
Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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