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Monfils overcomes injury scare and Gasquet to book Djokovic Eastbourne final

The Serbian world number four will play Russian Daniil Medvedev, who beat American fourth seed Steve Johnson 6-3 2-6 6-3, on Friday for a place in the final of the south coast grass tournament.Djokovic added: “It was a great first set and after that I had opportunities to break serve in the second and I didn’t use them, he broke my serve at 4-4 and had set points”.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.He will face the victor of the all-French semi-final, between Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet, in the showpiece on Saturday in what will be only his third final of 2017, after winning January’s Qatar Open and losing to Alexander Zverev in Rome in May.There was no stopping Monfils in game eight, however, as Gasquet’s usually reliable backhand let him down to hand his opponent a second break and the set.Konta will hope the pain diminishes over the weekend as she is due to play Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei, her conqueror at Roland Garros last month, in the first round at Wimbledon Monday.Second seed Gael Monfils dispatched Briton Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-2 while number three John Isner staged a comeback to defeat Dusan Lajovic 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4).