Novak Djokovic defeats Gael Monfils to win Aegon International title at Eastbourne

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Novak Djokovic converted his fourth match point to beat Donald Young 6-2, 7-6 (9) Thursday and advance to the semifinals at the Eastbourne International.

Monfils recovered from an injury to his left knee in the second set to defeat his compatriot Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-7 (7) 7-6 (4) and Djokovic said: "He's such a dynamic player and unpredictable". We played for the 14th time and it's 14-0.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion needed one hour and 22 minutes to win 6-4, 6-4.

Djokovic once again wrapped up a 6-3 6-4 victory over the Frenchman he consistently gets the better of, lifting the title in his first visit to Devonshire Park without dropping a single set.

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"I dragged him over back to the sport, so I'm really glad to see him now in London and really glad to spend time with him and Agassi as well and hopefully we can have a good tournament".

Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon victor, will play Slovakia's Martin Klizan in the first round next week.

The change to the Serbian's pre-SW19 routine appears increasingly likely to result in the significant boost to his confidence that would come with winning today's final in the first year he has played at Eastbourne.

The 26-year-old said, "It was definitely a good battle out there". "Once he was number seven in the world and he beat (Roger) Federer at Wimbledon". If you have that kind of energy that goes around the grounds, of course it gives you even more, I guess, inspiration to play your best and of course to finish up with a trophy. "It's great. You know, the crowd is always wonderful and coming out and supporting, and I feel like it's the same faces you see year in and year out".