Day 6 Australian Open Tennis


Day 6

Katherine Downes introduces highlights of the third round of the Australian Open. In 2016, Johanna Konta became the first British woman to make the fourth round for 29 years.


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Hello there and welcome to our coverage of the Australian Open, the

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first Grand Slam of the year. Coming up on the programme for you today,

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we'll be taking a look at how the British number one Johanna Konta

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gets on in her third round match against the former world number one

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Caroline Wozniacki. Konta reached the semifinals in Melbourne last

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year, the first British woman to go that far up to Grand Slam in 33

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years. Can she match those heroics this time around? Maybe even go one

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better. What a story that would be. In this year's Australian Open, it's

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already seen its fair share of drama. The biggest story of week

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one, the early exit of six times champion Novak Djokovic. The number

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two seed was beaten in the second round by Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin,

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ranked 117 in the world, so no seventh title for the defending

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champion. He played obviously above his level, but you have to give him

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credit for that. Many things came together for him today and he's a

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well-deserved winner. In the women's draw, the highest profile casualties

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so far is Radwanska, the number three seed was beaten by Croatia's

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Lucic-Baroni in round two. The number four seed fell, Simona Halep

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lost to American Shelby Rogers. Britain's Heather Watson set up a

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two ink encounter with Jennifer Brady but surrendered five match

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points as she succumbed to the American 10-8 in the deciding set.

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Fellow Briton Dan Evans' story has been altogether different. First he

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beat former US Open champion and number seven seed Croatian Marin

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Cilic in round two, then he followed that with a victory over home hero

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Bernard Tomic to reach his first ever Grand Slam fourth-round match

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against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Winning those matches is special,

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especially against Bernado in his own country, the great atmosphere,

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the crowd were against me and the pinnacle in sport, to come through

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when they against you. It was great. Five times runner-up Andy Murray has

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eased into round four and a meeting with a German. He had yet to drop a

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set in the dangerous quest for a first title. Hopefully I'll keep

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getting better. Those are the big stories already from down under and

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you can watch Andy Murray are against Zverev and Dan Evans against

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tomorrow afternoon from 5:50pm on BBC Two,

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and listen to the commentary on Radio Five Live sports extra. Could

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you on a con to join her compatriots in round four? She's had a pretty

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straightforward run so far, straight sets win against Kirsten Flipkens of

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Belgian, then the promising teenager Naomi Osaka of Japan, 6-4, 6-2 as

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well. Let's see how Johanna Konta can get on against the former world

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number one Caroline Wozniacki. I'll hand you over to our commentary

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team. COMMENTATOR:

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Wozniacki missing her first two first served. Serving at 71% on the

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matchups so far. Six aces, six at double fault.

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She said she wasn't really happy with how she finished the match,

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said she lost some intensity down the stretch. I didn't think you and

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I really felt that. Too. She just Repcik right over the

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sign on the net. Konta is doing a good job, early in this match, of

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opening up the court and on that occasion hitting it to the Wozniacki

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backhand until she felt she had the want up the line for the winner.

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Break point. A free point for Wozniacki.

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Has saved eight, now nine, of 11 break chances in the week,

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Wozniacki. She doesn't have the biggest serve

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in the world, Wozniacki, but what she does do very well is to vary the

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pace and direction of the Serbs forced upon that particular

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occasion, just 150 kilometres an hour, not a huge serve but right on

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the line. She's looked for it a couple of

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times, very aggressive from Konta. Back to deuce. She's picking on the

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Wozniacki forehand side and that's the side that Wozniacki have a

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harder time creating pace off. She defends very well off that side and

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Konta knows that she's going to get an opportunity, that could be the

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wing where the opportunities going to come from.

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A difficult opening hold for Wozniacki. Being the opener, went

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for it. She does have those matchups, she's worked with Kim

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Clijsters, he's got some of those matchups against Wozniacki so his

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scalp might be a bit more complete than Peter Wozniacki, just because

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of the fact they've been in some actions with Wozniacki over the

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years. Yes, you find that with good coaches, that they really have a

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tremendous way of imparting knowledge to whoever it is they are

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working with and he's been on the women's to for a long time now.

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Understands how it works, which is very different to the way men's

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tennis works. Quarterfinals or better at nine of

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the event that she played in 2016, Johanna Konta. The first title she

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won Win Stanford, where she beat Venus Williams, one of the lead up

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tournament modes to the US Open. And she does as well a great job of

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varying her serve as well, really good about placing it well, mixing

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up her serve quite a bit. Is a little bit more on it than

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Wozniacki, so she has it in her Arsenal also, but yes, good variety.

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This is Konta's fourth Australian Open. On two previous occasions she

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didn't qualify. In the first time was last year, where she got to the

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semis. So really only her second main draw Australian Open. Not bad,

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to have a 7-1 record going into this one. Losing to Angelique Kerber last

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year, who took the title. Just seeing early in the match risk

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and reward between these two. Konta is going to go for a lot more here.

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Yes, shot selection is going to be important for Konta today. Obviously

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there's no point going for big shots unnecessarily, but when the moment

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presents itself, she will go for it. She looks sharp, early. That's how

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you can tell a player's confidence level, whether they are having the

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ability to hit the ball at the line early in the match. Caroline

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Wozniacki didn't get anywhere near that ball, that's how well struck it

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was. We are on serve early, 2-1. In -- in

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the Margaret Court Arena. UMPIRE: Ladies and gentlemen, please

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take any seat for now. UMPIRE: Out. Zero hi 15. -- zero -

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15. It was an overrule from the chair. It wasn't challenged at all

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by Konta. What we are going to have as the day

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progresses if shadows on the court and the lines people at this point

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are in the shade and having to look through the sun. It can be tricky at

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times. Forget about the lines people, what about the players,

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having to look through the sun and into the shade. That becomes tricky

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as well. We'll get to that! It's tricky. That's well done. It

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wasn't a bad drop shot but she was onto it. Normally a player would

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either put it at the line, or do another drop shot, but she sees how

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close Konta is an up and over. It's such a tricky shot honoured dead

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sprint. Good shot selection. Trying to do a little bit more with

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that forehand, Caroline Wozniacki, because she knows if she doesn't put

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a little bit extra on it, then Konta is going to give the next one a

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pretty good whack. That unforced error a direct result of the

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pressure that Jo Konta is putting on her. It's been pretty clean so far,

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47 winners, 27 unforced errors coming into this match, Wozniacki.

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Konta doesn't have the best hands, but she's very opportunistic and

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takes her chances at the net. How much court Caroline Wozniacki is

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having to cover here. Konta using the court exceptionally well.

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Nice pressure from Wozniacki, the back -- backhand the line, to apply

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that pressure, to deuce. Wozniacki is tied for second, heading into

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today's action, making 88% of her returns so far in the week. Such a

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huge part of Wozniacki's game, making such a high number of

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returns. Just as I say that, a free point for

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Konta. That was a good serve, wasn't it? 159 out to the corner and

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another game point. That was good depths from Wozniacki.

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2-2. Once again, finding the angle there, Jo Konta, which is the thing

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that is keeping Wozniacki off balance. It's one side, then the

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other side, hit the ball to the open court, then look to move forward.

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The plan is very clear from Konta today.

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At this point now, two games, two service games apiece, you think

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they've probably felt each other out a bit now, we might see the game

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open up just a little bit. Five backhand winners already. And

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the ones that haven't been winners, from Konta, are really make life

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difficult for Wozniacki. Generates good pace off that side, good racket

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head speed, good preparation. That's just too good. Wozniacki is

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going to be trying to track things down a bit today as Konta gets to

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15-30. Even this one here you think you have to start from the beginning

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again, but look how much angle she gets on that one. She was a long way

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behind the baseline. She didn't hit it deep, but she hit it wide, right

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near that sideline. Well done. Which is forcing

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Wozniacki to play shots. Beautiful backhand. That's possibly the best

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tool in her arsenal, that backhand up the line.

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I can sense right now Wozniacki are feeling an urgency to get that

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depths and change the pace a little bit, to keep Konta back and behind

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the baseline. It went wide. Its 3-2, on serve, in

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the first. That's our location, the beautiful

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city of Melbourne, the MCG in the background, we are in the

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foreground, the Margaret Court Arena, the reddish coloured roof

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behind Rob Leiva arena. Behind that the Hisense Arena. Ten or 12 minute

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walk the city. UMPIRE: Take your seats quickly,

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thank you. You mentioned Konta was born in

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Sydney. She's been a British citizens since 2012. Sick she said

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she didn't feel any special emotions after winning their last week except

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she got to meet her niece. That's nice. A nice moment for her.

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It's the first of the day, the first of what you'd expect to be many. She

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was fourth on tour last year in ace count. 11 now in the week.

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That's interesting. Wozniacki has challenged this but I think the ball

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was in. If you asked people who had the fourth best serve on tour, you

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may not necessarily say Jo Konta. We see two aces in a row, it just goes

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to show you it's not all about the power will stop its about variety

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and placement also. That's tough. The you don't have to

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take that one in the air. Wozniacki is a long way behind the baseline.

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She has to guess either way anyway, why not look to bounce, take your

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time and hit it? It was a tough overhead. The ball was a long way up

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there. Hit a long way up the grip as well.

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Good defensive work from Wozniacki, charging that forehand up the line.

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Well handled by Wozniacki come from 40-0 and an overhead, to 40-30.

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Her third ace. She gets it to 3-3. I went back and checked in terms of

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serve speed, she was about 30-35 in the tournament in terms of fastest

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serve, so it goes to your point, it's not about the pace, it's about

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the placement very often for Konta. And the variety and having all the

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serves in your arsenal, and being able to execute them when needed.

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Obviously you've got certain serves that are more favourite than others,

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but you have to be able to hit down the middle, at the body, and wide,

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on both sides. The forehand coming up once again

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short. She's got good depth and pace going

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into the body with these returns. Two straight backhands. About the

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exact same. Both missing about a foot-and-a-half wide. Low forehands

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from Wozniacki. Changing the depth on it, so Konta is having to move

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forward into that. The shot before the one she hit the

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winner of was down the middle, to Wozniacki's whose forehand is with a

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little less pace. So Wozniacki, she struggles when she has to make pace

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on the forehand side. The second chance of the day for the

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Brit. It's always good for Wozniacki when

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she's able to get Konta to move from side to side to get it to deuce.

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Once again the off-pace shot to the Wozniacki forehand side, most girls

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on the tour would cream that forehand, mid-court. It is probably

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one of the reasons that Wozniacki has not won a major. She has a hard

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time hitting winners off that forehand side.

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Wozniacki, left guessing. Another great chance for Konta.

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Once again it's that, it's almost like there's a target on Wozniacki's

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right hip when Konta is able to go after those returns.

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There it was again, Liz. Developed it this time into a break.

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Konta takes the lead. The shadows are starting to creep on

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to the court. They probably will be on the court within the next 10 or

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15 minutes by the end of this set. Then we'll start to have fun with

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that. If year looking at huge serves

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coming from shade to sun or sun to shade, it's a little bit different.

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These girls neither have huge serves but it is an adjustment that needs

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to be made. It's a triple knot she goes with

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there! You want to be sure it doesn't come undone! Konta serving

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with new balls. It certainly is a unique service

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motion, isn't it? The deliberate ball toss.

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The preparation before is the most unique part about the serve. The

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ball bouncing. She spins the ball, you see there before she bounces it

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each time. Good position. Wozniacki had so many

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options. Once again, because the ball hit the net it slowed down

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dramatically, and that's the ball. That is exactly the ball that

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Wozniacki has trouble generating pace on. That's why she went for the

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lob. Picking on that wide forehand,

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Wozniacki, wasn't she? The third point was the same, out wide to the

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forehand side. The serve percentage has dropped

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somewhat for Konta. It has not bothered her but

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something to be aware of for her first double.

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But when she gets a serve in, she is winning over 80% of those points.

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Yikes! Konta. . The serve went to the forehand,

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the next ball went to the forehand. And then it gets in your head.

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These girls haven't played each other before but they know their

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strengths and weaknesses. A tough ball. Didn't really adjust

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too well. No. It just went up. Probably a

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little bit of wind. And maybe some adjustments with the feet, maybe

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tried to do too much with it. I feel like we are broken records up

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here. . She

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Don't expect Caroline Wozniacki to go anywhere. She will mentally stay

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with this much the whole way. There's no giving up in her

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vocabulary. That's another option, any time she

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gets the short ball and move forward. Wozniacki certainly has the

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hands to do it. Oh, she was lucky to get away with

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that, wasn't she, Jo Konta? She almost got caught. Her first

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instinct was to hit it in the air, then she thought maybe I'm not going

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to get there, then she did, but it was awkward. She almost didn't make

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contact with it. Great racket work to actually get that ball across

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court. And a set point. Four straight games for Johanna

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Konta, to close out the first set 6-3, and she will serve to start the

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second. You can just see how clearly Jo Konta has come out with a game

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plan and absolutely stuck to it. She had to go for that ball up the

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line, didn't she? Being pulled so far wide, Wozniacki. Just reacting

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right now. The ball doesn't have the depth from her racket, so Konta is

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able to just dictate play. Frustration, evidence here for

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Wozniacki. Well, she's being made to play a way

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she doesn't want to play. She was very -- it was very smart on her

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Ont's behalf. -- opponent's behalf.

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Five games on the trot now for Konta.

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It's a tough spot here for Caroline Wozniacki.

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It's been broken twice in a row here. The forehand is getting picked

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apart. You don't hear her talking to

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herself too often but she was after that last couple of points.

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It's frustrating for her. Now we've talked about it, she's been number

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one in the world. She's been to two Grand Slam finals in the US Open in

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2009 and again in 2014, losing on that occasion to Serena. This is the

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problem when playing against the girls that really can do damage, and

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she has a hard time on that one wing.

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She was four and three here last year in the top ten, and 59 in her

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career. She serves here 0-1. I haven't seen that too often. The

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short ball from Konta, and Wozniacki being able to take advantage of it

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on the backhand side and move forward. She has three of three in

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her net points. That number's probably going to have to be higher

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here. To that to happen, Konta has to hit

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the ball short. And there's no signs of that yet.

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It's her first double fault of the day.

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Seventh of the tournament, and more trouble for Wozniacki on her serve.

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And that is a huge statistic, isn't it?

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And great chances once again for the Brit! And once again, great depth on

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the receive from Konta on the return.

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That double fault at 40-0, her second of the day. A bit of a bigger

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second, 158. Seven straight games, going for her

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eighth straight win. Konta, 3-0, in the second.

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UMPIRE: Time. Caroline just pointing to her head,

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as if to say, maybe I'm not thinking, maybe I need to think a

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little better, just having a little conversation with her father, who is

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down that end of the court. I'd say it's more of a monologue. At least,

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it's supposed to be. 0- three. Just spinning that second serves

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right into the middle of the court, not wanting to take a chance there

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and punished once again. It's a helpless free feeling, out on

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court, sometimes. When you are being outplayed like this, it is.

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Second return winner of the set, for Konta.

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1-2 from Wozniacki, a little bit more on that serve, well-placed.

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Break chances again. Three of five on the day Tom is Konta. -- three,

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of five on the day, is Konta. Unreal. Eight straight games. Four

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straight breaks. All for Konta. It doesn't look like that dip is going

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to come. For Caroline Wozniacki, to be able to force her way back into

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this match. Jo Konta, first serve points won, 82% of the deuce court

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and 86 on the second court. Phenomenal numbers.

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I don't think we need a dip... This is one of the few points that Konta

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hasn't won when she's been in a position where she can hit that

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swinging volley. Good anticipation from Caroline Wozniacki.

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Once again, the swinging volley. Really doing a good job there,

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opening up the court to expose that forehand side.

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For fourth today, first of the set. -- the fourth, of today, the first

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of the set. It's not often you speechless, but I

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feel you are speechless today. I'm enjoying the show that your current

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-- Johanna Konta is putting on. There have been very few times when

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she has been out of position in this whole match.

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A challenge here from Wozniacki. Was there a call? There was a call. I

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didn't hear the call initially, but I did see the lines person sticking

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out his arm. No challenge here, second serve coming.

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Oh, she missed it. It's about the first one she is missed. Had created

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the opening there, Konta, by once again hitting right to leave

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Wozniacki forehand. All Caroline could do was throw it up. You

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mentioned it earlier, maybe let it bounce. It's always that stress you

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feel with Wozniacki, that foot speed.

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UMPIRE: Quiet during the rally, thank you. That was a high swinging

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volley, as compared to a high lob that just comes straight down at

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you. There is the ace. UMPIRE: Wozniacki is challenging the

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call on the right service line. The ball was called in. May be a hopeful

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challenge. Just an incredible and dominant

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performance from Jo Konta. 6-3, 5-0. UMPIRE: Wozniacki has two challenges

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remaining. We talked about Konta coming into the Australian Open and

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winning in Sydney, beating Radwanska. She outplayed everyone,

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just like this. UMPIRE: Take your seats quickly

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please, thank you. Time. UMPIRE: Thank you, ladies and

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gentlemen. Oh, my. Love - 15, not good enough,

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that serve, not when you are serving against someone like Jo Konta, with

:03:55.:03:59.

returning. It's flat, straight up the line. Played perfectly.

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Johanna Konta is a train today. Your bobbin we will hear what she has to

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say when it finishes. Sometimes you are so focused you are not away

:04:44.:04:45.

while playing an almost perfect match. It's like when Istomin said

:04:46.:04:54.

the other day, he felt sorry for Djokovic because of how well he was

:04:55.:04:58.

playing. I think Konta might say the same thing today.

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This is not a first round match against someone racked 150 in the

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world. Jo Konta is playing against a former number one player in the

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world. This is a quality opponent that she is being made to look very

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mediocre. Three in six against players that have been ranked at

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number one in their career, coming into this match, Konta.

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Clearly looking like she will make it four in six.

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APPLAUSE It's been a long time since Caroline

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Wozniacki has got game point, but she has won here. -- she has a game

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point here. She hasn't had one in this set.

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The last time she had a game point was when she converted her service

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game... INAUDIBLE

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A lifetime ago. A good hold that, from Wozniacki, I have to say. But

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it's Konta, serving, for a spot in the 16.

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That's good, on the line from Konta, even under pressure. Being able to

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produce the goods there. Wozniacki was on the charge. Not panicking,

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Konta. Why panic, with a 5-1 lead? No, absolutely.

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It's a risk you. -- miscue. You can count on one hand the amount of

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shots we've seen like that from Jo Konta today. The unforced errors

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have been from a show of aggression, not so much with that one.

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A glimpse. Again, without a great chance on the day.

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A challenge from Konta. This might be your dip.

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UMPIRE: The ball was called out. I was having a close look at this ball

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as well. What the review says. Is it good? Yes, it is. Wow.

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When things aren't going your way, they just don't go your way, do

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they? APPLAUSE

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Dejected shoulders from Wozniacki. She knows that might be her one

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glimpse. That was a huge point, 15-30. I think these opportunities

:10:47.:10:50.

are going to be few and far between. Just inches, maybe trying to finish

:10:51.:12:10.

this match off fraction quickly, taking her time and doing the right

:12:11.:12:14.

thing and going back for the towel. That was her third double of the

:12:15.:12:16.

day. A mis-hit forehand from Wozniacki,

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throws up her hands in disgust. Another match point for Konta. This

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is a situation we talked about it earlier, where Konta is serving from

:12:50.:12:55.

shadow to light here. It's tough for Wozniacki, looking up at the roof,

:12:56.:12:56.

before this point. It's wide. An absolute masterclass

:12:57.:13:22.

from Johanna Konta. 6-3, 6-1, over Caroline Wozniacki, moving back into

:13:23.:13:26.

the round of 16 here at the Australian Open. We see Jo Konta

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acknowledged the crowd. That certainly wasn't a scoreline that I

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was predicting before this match. Full credit to that lady on the

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screen. What a wonderful performance.

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STUDIO: Konta looking very impressive, but

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next is the Russian Ekaterina Makarova, after she came through in

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three sets against Dominica Cibulkova, a finalist in Melbourne

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three years ago but she's heading home early this time round. Makarova

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lines up against Konta. Let's look at the rest of the draw. Pliskova

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came through 10-8 in a deciding set. Gavrilova Rizal at Aussie standing

:14:16.:14:16.

in the singles. Brady beat Heather Watson from

:14:17.:14:32.

Britain. She hadn't won an Australian Open match since 1998,

:14:33.:14:37.

now she has one Vekic in a row. Barbora Strycova squares up to six

:14:38.:14:41.

times champion Serena Williams, who is on for the open era record, 23rd

:14:42.:14:45.

Grand Slam title. If she comes through that one, Serena is on

:14:46.:14:50.

course for a quarterfinal matchup with Johanna Konta, but Konta isn't

:14:51.:14:55.

looking that far ahead, she says. Here she is talking to Russell

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looking that far ahead, she says. Here she is talking to Russell

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Fuller. I thought that was your best

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performance of the week by some margin. How pleased with you, the

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way you played? I'm very happy with the level I was mainly able to

:15:08.:15:10.

maintain. Throughout that much. From the get go, I knew that she was not

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going to give it to make. Caroline is the kind of player who will make

:15:16.:15:19.

her opponents earn any point they win against her. I knew that, and I

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felt I committed to the way I wanted to play and I had trust in that,

:15:26.:15:29.

even if it sometimes wasn't going to work, that it was going to bring the

:15:30.:15:33.

opportunities and I'm happy it did today. You were very aggressive from

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the very first ball. Do you think you hit the ball significantly

:15:38.:15:40.

harder than you did say this time last year? I don't know. I think

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you'll need to refer to stats for that one. But I think my intention

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was clear today. Because of that, I was able to just be very clinical

:15:50.:15:55.

and clear on how I wanted to play, therefore I didn't get too lost in

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between thoughts, or in between decision-making. I think things got

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simplified for me today and I just enjoyed trying to execute the plan

:16:04.:16:09.

and really enjoyed being out there. It was a really nice atmosphere on

:16:10.:16:13.

court today. There was a lot of people, a lot of support, so I

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enjoyed the whole thing. Is there an extra buzz when you are playing

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someone like Caroline Wozniacki? Because of what she has achieved in

:16:21.:16:24.

her career, and also because she's very popular, wherever she goes in

:16:25.:16:28.

tennis? Yes, she's been at the top of the game for as long as I can

:16:29.:16:32.

remember. I cannot remember a time when she wasn't. I was really

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looking forward to playing her. I've never played her before. She's a

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former world number one. I don't know how money titles as she's won

:16:41.:16:46.

and finals, so was looking forward to the challenge and I was happy I

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was able to execute the things I wanted to do out there today. It's

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funny how the draw has worked out. You will now play Makarova in the

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fourth round, just as you did here last year. What are your memories of

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that match, which went on and on and on? Yes, every time we'd played

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before that and after that it's been close matches, so I expect nothing

:17:08.:17:11.

different tomorrow. She's playing a great level. She had a great win

:17:12.:17:16.

today. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Whatever difficulties

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will come, I'm looking forward to facing them. Who knows, we might be

:17:20.:17:25.

on the same court. Yes, one match at a time, they always say and we'll

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have highlights of that last 16 tie against Katarina Makarova on BBC Two

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for you from 4045 B. The men's draw lost one of its biggest stars in the

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first week, Djokovic packing bags. It's a welcome return for two of the

:17:44.:17:47.

game's giants, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer are both back from injury.

:17:48.:17:51.

Nadal is due to the last 16 after a gritty fightback to beat rising star

:17:52.:17:59.

Alexander Zverev in just over four hours. Nadal held his nerve to the

:18:00.:18:04.

off the German teenager 6-2 win the final set. After he claimed the

:18:05.:18:08.

scalp of Djokovic, Denis Istomin is still on the march, this time the

:18:09.:18:13.

wildcard from Uzbekistan beat the 30th seed Pablo Carreno buster 6-2

:18:14.:18:18.

in the deciding set. Also through to the fourth round is Gael Monfils,

:18:19.:18:22.

the flamboyant Frenchman beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight

:18:23.:18:25.

sets to set up a mouthwatering matchup with Rafael Nadal. Wimbledon

:18:26.:18:31.

finalist Milos Raonic beat Gilles Simon in four sets. He meets Roberto

:18:32.:18:35.

ask busted a gut, ate the Dominic Thiem plays David Goffin. Dem

:18:36.:18:41.

semester minis -- Denis Istomin has had a long wait to see who he faces

:18:42.:18:45.

next. Dimitrov and Gasquet stepped on court just after midnight.

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Dimitrov came through that late-night battle. The last 16 in

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the top half of the draw was decided yesterday, with world number one

:18:54.:18:57.

Andy Murray up against the older Zverev brother, and they are at the

:18:58.:19:01.

bottom is Dan Evans, who admitted his commitment to tennis in the past

:19:02.:19:05.

has been patchy, to say the least, but his wins against Marin Cilic and

:19:06.:19:09.

Bernard Tomic in Melbourne have been outstanding. Winning those matches

:19:10.:19:13.

is special, especially against Bernado his own country, a great

:19:14.:19:17.

atmosphere. The crowd were against me and that is the sort of pinnacle

:19:18.:19:22.

in sport, to come through when they are against you. It was great, it

:19:23.:19:27.

was a great day, evening, whatever it was. I really enjoyed it. I'm

:19:28.:19:33.

looking forward to going again on Sunday. You paid a very emotional

:19:34.:19:39.

coat -- tribute to your former coach, Julien Hoferlin, who died

:19:40.:19:42.

last year. Would you like to tell everybody what he meant to you, and

:19:43.:19:47.

how he has inspired this stage of your career? Yes, obviously

:19:48.:19:49.

everybody in tennis knows what happens to Julien. He died with

:19:50.:19:58.

cancer. Obviously that part of my life, when he coached me, I wasn't

:19:59.:20:03.

giving 100% at all times and there was off court stuff I was doing

:20:04.:20:09.

which he wasn't happy with. It's nights like tonight, obviously sport

:20:10.:20:14.

is about, there's all those people who you want fairer and obviously I

:20:15.:20:18.

wish you could have seen what happened tonight. It -- he would

:20:19.:20:23.

have been pretty proud of my effort. He always said I could do it. So

:20:24.:20:29.

obviously, he always said I should be playing top 40 tennis and in the

:20:30.:20:34.

Grand Slams in the second weeks and stuff, so tonight was obviously for

:20:35.:20:39.

him. He would have been very excited about the thought of you playing

:20:40.:20:42.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as well. I've watched him many times in semis and

:20:43.:20:46.

quarterfinals and finals here. He knows his way around the tennis

:20:47.:20:49.

court. So it's going to be tough. I'm going to have to run a lot

:20:50.:20:52.

again. I'm looking forward to it. Everything from now is enjoy it, try

:20:53.:20:58.

to get a win. STUDIO:

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So Dan Evans has another big name in his sights and that match against

:21:02.:21:02.

Jo-Wilfried So Dan Evans has another big name in

:21:03.:21:03.

his sights and that match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be one of

:21:04.:21:06.

our featured matches tomorrow, along with Andy Murray against Zverev.

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That is tomorrow. Today has belonged to Johanna Konta and Russell Fuller

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caught up with the Davis Cup captain John Smith for his thoughts on the

:21:17.:21:21.

British number one. She's been impressive all week and

:21:22.:21:25.

all year, but there was something particularly eye-catching about the

:21:26.:21:29.

way she played today? She has grown into a player that is just really

:21:30.:21:32.

looking to dominate and every time she goes out, and the thing that was

:21:33.:21:38.

so impressive against Wozniacki, a form another one player in the

:21:39.:21:42.

world, is that she can match her for consistency, but then she trumps her

:21:43.:21:47.

for power, athleticism and confidence, and she just looks like

:21:48.:21:51.

she is someone on a mission. She is going from strength to strength. Two

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more matches involving British players on Sunday, Andy Murray,

:21:59.:22:02.

playing Zverev, unseeded, 29 years of age, seemingly dealing very well

:22:03.:22:06.

with the noises off stage, the chatter about Novak Djokovic's

:22:07.:22:11.

elimination. Look what happened last year at Wimbledon. He had to go

:22:12.:22:15.

through it when Djokovic lost to Sam Querrey early on. Andy Murray is so

:22:16.:22:18.

experienced in these situations that he will just keep that focus of

:22:19.:22:22.

match by match. He talks about it. People might get bored of it but

:22:23.:22:25.

that's what happens, you go by, you get tactically ready for the match

:22:26.:22:30.

against Zverev and that's the key. Then Dan Evans, who probably

:22:31.:22:34.

deserves top billing ahead of Andy Murray, against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

:22:35.:22:37.

When he beat Bernard Tomic I thought he was full of belief. The important

:22:38.:22:42.

thing playing against Tsonga, it's a step up on Tomic, but this year he's

:22:43.:22:50.

dominated and he went on to beach -- he went on to beat Marin Cilic, he

:22:51.:22:55.

has the game to trouble the top ten players and that will give him

:22:56.:22:58.

confidence. He has a game that Tsonga won't be up against that

:22:59.:23:02.

often. He's going to have to execute it very well, because Tsonga is a

:23:03.:23:05.

great player, plays well in Melbourne and he has a good game

:23:06.:23:09.

when he scores. But it is possible and I'm sure that Dan Evans will

:23:10.:23:12.

create opportunities in that match. What a tour de force it has been

:23:13.:23:17.

from Bryn's stars in Melbourne. Another dominant win from Johanna

:23:18.:23:20.

Konta means she'll be back in action on Monday. We'll bring you

:23:21.:23:24.

highlights of the last 16 tie against Makarova, but before that,

:23:25.:23:30.

the boys are back. Andy Murray taking on Zverev, and we'll get to

:23:31.:23:34.

see whether Dan Evans can continue his remarkable run of form against

:23:35.:23:39.

the 12th seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Another David versus Goliath matchup

:23:40.:23:42.

for him, but it turns out that's just how he likes it. Thanks very

:23:43.:23:46.

much for watching. See you tomorrow.

:23:47.:23:47.

Katherine Downes introduces highlights of the third round of the Australian Open. At this stage last year, Andy Murray recovered from a second-set slump to see off Portugal's Joao Sousa, while compatriot Johanna Konta became the first British woman to make the fourth round for 29 years.


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