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Djokovic sees off Holger Rune to make Wimbledon quarter-finals.

By Emily Salley and Michael Emons.

Novak Djokovic swept aside Denmark's Holger Rune to reach his 15th quarter-final at Wimbledon - before accusing fans of disrespecting him.

Despite appearing to struggle with a stomach issue, Djokovic beat the 15th seed 6-3 6-4 6-2 on a rowdy Centre Court.

Rune received the backing of many in attendance, who cheered him along with drawn-out bellowing of his name which Djokovic angrily took to be booing.

"They were [disrespecting me]," Djokovic said.

"I don't accept it. I know they were cheering for Rune but that's an excuse to also boo.

"I've been on the tour for more than 20 years - trust me, I know all the tricks, I know how it works. You guys can't touch me."

The 37-year-old is going for an eighth Wimbledon title and record 25th Grand Slam overall.

He will next play Alex de Minaur, who booked his spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-3 win against France's Arthur Fils.

The real drama of the day in the men's singles came as American Taylor Fritz produced a magnificent escape act by battling from two sets down to beat fourth seed Alexander Zverev.

Before Monday's final match on Centre Court, Djokovic said there would be "fireworks" when he faced Rune.

The Dane had defeated Djokovic twice before - wins that helped establish him as one of the sport's rising stars.

However, he rarely came close to troubling the second seed on this occasion, failing to make the most of just two break points.

Still sporting a knee support on his right leg following surgery in June, Djokovic got off to a lightning start, winning the first 12 points and assuming a 3-0 advantage.

Djokovic seemed to struggle with a stomach problem early in the second set, clutching his abdomen and taking deep breaths between points.

However, he was still able to assert control for the remainder of the match and secured the straightforward victory in a little over two hours.