Djokovic into semi-finals at Eastbourne, Kerber out

Novak Djokovic advances to semifinals at Eastbourne

Novak Djokovic is fresh off winning the Eastbourne International over Gael Monfils, a match in which he won 41 percent of his return points and got 74 percent of his first serves in play.

Neither was in Eastbourne, but Agassi followed Djokovic's progress closely on television, and will meet up with him in London on Sunday.

During the course of his campaign, news also broke that Djokovic's new-look coaching team, which added Andre Agassi for part of the French Open, for Wimbledon, and then for an unspecified period, will incorporate another familiar name, the 33-year-old Mario Ancic.

"Obviously I was not playing too numerous events in the week prior to the beginning of the Grand Slam in my career, but I made a decision to do so this time because I felt like I needed more matches in general, but especially on the grass", he told a news conference on Sunday. Obviously it feels right, looking back at the decision making process and whether or not I should come here.

Saturday's win was Djokovic's first title success since January and he admits he heads into Wimbledon with renewed optimism.

The Serb accepted a wild card from the tournament last week into what was his first Wimbledon warm-up since 2010, as he usually took off and played an exhibition or two rather than enter an official event.

Djokovic set about putting the Frenchman under pressure from the outset and was rewarded with a break in the first game of the match. On and off the court I was greeted, I was respected.

The world No 3 was clinical in going one better than when she lost to Dominika Cibulkova in last year's final, becoming the first Czech to win the Eastbourne title since Jana Novotna in 1998.

"Coming into Wimbledon, I'm hoping that I can continue in this path of raising the performance and the quality of tennis". "I think he played very good; returned very good".

Having finally succeeded in his quest to win the French Open previous year, Djokovic appeared poised to join the tennis immortals. Croatian Ancic won the 2005 Davis Cup, a year after reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals.

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