Johanna Konta's coach Dimitri Zavialoff believes the British player should take inspiration from Roger Federer who keeps competing at the highest level at 38 years of age. Zavialoff, ahead of Konta's quarter-final match against Elina Svitolina, said: "We hear of war terminology in sport, and I don’t think it’s a war.
It’s still a game. So, instead of “fight” [we say] “play”. All those things – and slowly the player realises the player doesn’t need to fight to get what… it’s just a tennis match.
It’s not the end of life, not a war. So I think it helps. That is how we try to go on with it. ‘You would be surprised to see how many other players love just to play, and then you can her for small games, and they just love it.
And sometimes, the tendency come back and, say, fight for what we have, makes still the enjoyment disappear in a way. I’m living in Switzerland and there’s one player that loves the game. You can sense it. And he’s here just watching practice.
It’s a good example for that." "You’ve got the abilities with the racquet and how you move and many other things to handle and live with so it’s just a whole big picture to have. And to compare is like… and then if the names you say they’re happy to step on court and think they’re fighting and it’s good for them then it helps them, what can I say? ‘Is more playing than fighting.
When you are a kid, you play and you are happy when you win and sometimes you are not happy when you don’t win. To have a perspective, to make a distance with it, I think it helps. That’s how I see things."