Novak Djokovic downs Holger Rune and sails into Wimbledon QF

Novak Djokovic will compete in his 15th Wimbledon quarter-final on Wednesday

by Jovica Ilic
Novak Djokovic downs Holger Rune and sails into Wimbledon QF
© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The seven-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is through to his 15th quarter-final at the All England Club. The veteran faced Holger Rune in the fourth round and scored a one-sided 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win in two hours and three minutes on Centre Court, remaining on the title course.

Djokovic faced some stomach issues, but they could not prevent him from beating the Dane for the fourth time in six encounters. Thus, Novak will battle against Alex de Minaur in his 60th Major quarter-final on Wednesday. Djokovic took 22 points more than Rune, having the upper hand on serve and return.

The seven-time champion defended his second serve superbly and saved both break points, keeping his initial shot intact and mounting the pressure on the other side.

Novak Djokovic & Holger Rune, Wimbledon 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Rune served at only 54% and dropped 40% of the points in his games, playing against 14 break points and suffering four breaks.

Djokovic tamed his strokes nicely and landed 21 winners and 22 unforced errors, outplaying Rune's 15-29 ratio. Novak had the upper hand in the shortest and more advanced exchanges, performing at a high level and hoping for more in the rest of the tournament.

Djokovic made a furious start, rattling off the opening 12 points and opening a 3-0 advantage in no time following a break at love in game two. They served well in games four and five before Novak created another break chance in game six.

Holger denied it and held, remaining within one break deficit.

Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Novak Djokovic defeated Holger Rune in straight sets at Wimbledon.

The Serb kept everything under control in his games, serving well in games seven and nine and wrapping up the opener 6-3 in 29 minutes after an ace.

They served well in the opening six games of the second set, with Rune raising his level and following Djokovic's pace. The Serb closed the sixth game at 30 and erased a 40-15 deficit on the return in the next one. Novak grabbed a break and moved in front, cementing it with a hold in game eight.

Holger served to stay in the set in game nine and faced six set points. The Dane defended them and held, extending the battle and creating his first break chance at 4-5.

Holger Rune, Wimbledon 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Djokovic saved it with a forehand winner and wrapped up the set after Rune's forehand error, forging a 6-3, 6-4 lead in an hour and 22 minutes.

Novak clinched a break in the first game of the third set and cemented it with two comfortable holds, opening a 3-1 lead and moving closer to the finish line. The Serb played against a break point in game six and erased it with a fine serve & volley combo, bringing the game home for a 4-2 lead.

Novak made a push on the return in the seventh game and broke Holger after the young gun's double fault. Djokovic served for the win at 5-2 and sealed the deal at love with a volley winner, sailing into his 15th Wimbledon quarter-final.

Novak Djokovic Holger Rune Wimbledon