Djokovic Nabs Eastbourne, Sugita Wins Maiden Title in Antalya
Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
Novak Djokovic emerged from the Aegon International in Eastbourne as a champion, taking the final against Gael Monfils 6-3 6-4, ensuring he won’t have lost more than one match on grass in a season since 2013, and that he has two ATP titles this year. The superstar Serbian didn’t drop a set in matches against Vasek Pospisil, Donald Young, and Daniil Medvedev in a tournament that was plagued by rain delays. Monfils reached his first final in a year by beating Cam Norrie, Bernard Tomic, and Richard Gasquet, his win over Gasquet one of the matches of the year as he recovered from a knee injury, and closed the match out in three despite serving for the match in set #2.
The Bryan Brothers won the doubles against Rohan Bopanna and Andre Sa.
Yuichi Sugita will move to a career high ranking well into the top 100, as he won his first ever ATP title, and continued a career best season. The 28 year old has won more than 30 matches at all levels and claimed the final over Adrian Mannarino 6-1 7-6. He adds the ATP trophy to a trophy case that includes three challengers this season. Sugita beat Matt Ebden, David Ferrer, Daniel Altmaier, and Marcos Baghdatis to reach the final. Mannarino reached his first final in two years with wins over Borna Coric, Mohamed Safwat, Fernando Verdasco from a set and a break down, and Andreas Seppi.
Robert Lindstedt and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi beat Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the doubles final.