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Djokovic beats Rune in three sets to reach quarter-finals – South London News

Djokovic beats Rune in three sets to reach quarter-finals – South London News
Djokovic beats Rune in three sets to reach quarter-finals – South London News

By Paul Lagan at Wimbledon
Center Court

Rune vs Djokovic
3-6, 4-6, 2-6

Novak Djokovic put in a virtuoso performance on Centre Court tonight as he defeated 15th-seeded Holger Rune in three sets.
The 21-year-old Dane had a big following from the increasingly boisterous crowd, but it was Djokovic, 37, who silenced them with a convincing display of tenacity from the baseline, combining an excellent serve and volley with a touch of net magic.
Rune was never really a contender to dislodge the number 2, but it is clear that the Serb is not at his best in terms of fitness.
In the first few sets he was seen several times with his hands on his stomach.
At one point he went to the toilet, which seemed to alleviate the cause of his discomfort.
Seven-time champion Djokovic has never been a darling of Wimbledon. He is certainly one of the championship’s most successful winners, but he has never won over the crowd.
This has created a sense of paranoia in Djokovic’s mind. That, and the fact that he always thinks everything is about him, feeds the public’s sometimes negative attitude towards him.

Djokovic v Rune action on Centre Court Photo by Paul Lagan

During the match he was confused about what he thought the crowd was booing him for. The truth was that Rune’s fans were simply exaggerating his name, in the same way that in women’s football supporters of Manchester United’s Ella Toone chant her name to make it sound like a boo.
After the referee explained this to him, Djokovic calmed down and focused again on winning the match.
He had the ability to quickly turn around any possible misstep and play out his service game.
He had to do this several times, but not often enough to give the Dane and his noisy supporters much hope of victory.

Pictured above: Djokovic shakes the and on the defeated Rune Photo by Paul Lagan



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