Johanna Konta has had to battle through six tough sets over the past two days in Brisbane but the British world No. 9 assured she is grateful for the time spent on court as she acknowledges the tough period she had end of last year has left her lacking some match fitness.
Konta followed up her 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Madison Keys in the opening round on Monday with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 success over Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.
The 26-year-old Konta admits she had problems both on the court and off it at the end of 2017, that saw her finish the season on a five-match losing streak.
The British No. 1 believes her problems are behind her now as she looks to regain the fine form that helped her make the Wimbledon semi-finals and win Miami last year.
"Some of the things that I was dealing with end of last year, also off the court and just generally emotionally and physically even, with certain things, they have obviously resolved themselves," Konta said on Tuesday after her difficult triumph over Tomljanovic.
Roger Federer and Karen Khachanov almost reenacted their Halle semi-final from last year when they faced off in the Hopman Cup on Tuesday in a clash that saw the Swiss edge past the Russian NextGen player 6-3, 7-6 (8) in Perth.
Their previous showdown in Halle ended 6-4, 7-6 (5) in Federer's favour, with Khachanov stepping up his game significantly in the second set on both occasions, but ultimately surrendering to the 19-time Grand Slam champion.
"I thought the intensity was great, the level was very high too," said Federer, who together with Swiss partner Belinda Bencic wrapped up a 3-0 win over the Russian team of Khachanov and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
“Karen got off to a really great start, me too actually, to be quite honest. We fought hard in the beginning for the first four games, and at the end I was up. He put me under pressure early on and then we caught a great spell on our serves, it was a bit of serving an exhibition after that for probably 45 minutes or so.
"And then at the end there were some minor chances and the tiebreaker was close. It had a bit of everything. It was a good to play a tiebreaker, this kind, early on in the season, to get through those nervy situations, with the pulse up high, and you're sweaty and you're trying to figure it out. It was a good match overall so I'm very happy with my performance."
"You can call me 'Dr. Federer' if you want to..." 😂
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— Hopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 2, 2018
The Austrian had a solid weekend in the UAE capital, where he lost a tight match to Kevin Anderson on Friday before defeating Pablo Carreno Busta on Saturday.
Thiem is the top seed in Doha this week and will be targeting a maiden Grand Slam success at the Australian Open this month.
Check out the video above to see how fared in the Sport360 Arabic test.