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Djokovic Beats Young For Eastbourne SF Berth

World No. 4 Novak Djokovic became the first player to reach the Aegon International semi-finals on Thursday as organisers of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament played catch-up due to rain.

Djokovic, who has a 3-3 record in grass-court finals, overcame American Donald Young 6-2, 7-6(9) at Devonshire Park in one hour and 35 minutes.

Novak Djokovic saves two set points in the second set against Donald Young in Eastbourne on Thursday for his 26th match win of the year.
"I enjoyed it, especially in the second set," said Djokovic. "The first set went my way and I played well. I felt good on the court and had some break point opportunities early in the second set... I think Donald started playing with less unforced errors, playing with more variety and using his forehand very well from all over the court.

"He served for the set, had a set point and then had set point in the tie-break. It was very close second set. Obviously, it could have gone easily his way. But it hasn't, and I'm just glad the way I kind of held my composure, my nerves. This is the kind of match situations that I was looking forward to having, and I'm glad it happened today and I managed to overcome that."
The three-time Wimbledon titlist, who has a 26-7 match record on the season, will next face #NextGenATP Russian Daniil Medvedev, who beat fourth seed Steve Johnson, in Friday’s semi-finals.

The Serbian star was rarely under pressure on serve until Young broke to lead 5-4 in the second set, but the American then failed to convert a set point chance at 40/30 with a forehand long in the next game.

Top seed Djokovic wasn’t out of danger just yet as he saved a second set point at 5/6 in the tie-break, with a kick serve out wide that Young returned into the net. Unable to convert match point chances at 7/6 (backhand into the net), 8/7 (lob long) and 9/8 (backhand return wide), Djokovic finally converted his fourth opportunity after Young had double faulted at 9/9.

Several second-round matches were completed earlier on Thursday.

Second seed Gael Monfils completed a 6-3, 6-2 win over wild card Cameron Norrie, striking eight aces and losing just five of his first service points, for a place in the quarter-finals. The pair had resumed at 6-3, 2-1, following rain on Wednesday. Monfils will now challenge Bernard Tomic, who defeated sixth seed Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-2 in 51 minutes.

Seventh seed Richard Gasquet saved all three break points he faced to beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 and now faces third seed John Isner, a 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4) victor over Dusan Lajovic.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/djokovic-young-eastbourne-2017-thursday

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