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Johanna Konta preserves fiery focus and dares to dream as Caroline Garcia awaits | Kevin Mitchell

The British No1 has sailed into Wimbledon’s last 16 with three displays of steely purpose and goes into the tournament’s final week aiming to make history

Johanna Konta’s biggest challenge as Wimbledon enters its concluding week is not so much the pedigree of her 15 rivals left in the draw – there is no standout favourite – but marrying the intensity of her emotions to the quality of her performance. She has done that with encouraging consistency since breaking into the top 10, most impressively in Miami, where she defeated Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki on her way to the title.

On Monday Konta plays the one-time French prodigy Caroline Garcia on No1 Court in the fourth round and, as her complicated, intense mind oscillates between professional respect for her opponent and her quest to be the best player in the world, her coach, Wim Fissette, has the job of channelling her energy.

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