Johanna Konta profits in Paris from coach’s powers of persuasion

• Dimitri Zavialoff has worked with British No 1 since October
• ‘It’s about showing her how good she is, inviting her to try’

There is probably more job security in bomb disposal than there is in coaching tennis players but Dimitri Zavialoff, Johanna Konta’s third mentor in two years, is sanguine about his employment situation.

The British No 1, who plays Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals here on Tuesday, plainly trusts Zavialoff and they have thrived mutually since getting together in October.

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