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British No 1 Konta beat Hsieh Su-wei 6-0, 6-4 to reach the last 16 of the Italian Open earlier today as she looks to break back into the top 20 in the world.

The 26-year-old reached No 4 in the rankings last summer thanks to a run to the semi-finals of Wimbledon, during which it emerged she is a keen baker and even brought muffins she had made to practice for her team.

But when Djokovic asked her to do the same for him when the tour swings back around to SW19 later this summer, Konta admitted she would have to make some changes.

Djokovic said, according to The Times: “Can I experience your cooking one day?”

Konta replied: “To be fair, it’s my parents and my boyfriend who say it’s good, so they are a bit biased. But I’ll bring stuff in.”

Djokovic: “Please, at Wimbledon.”

Konta: “I need to know what you’re allergic to or don’t like.”

Djokovic: “Anything that is gluten free, dairy free or sugar free.”

Konta: “Oh f***. Okay, I’ll make it work.”

Konta will now face Jelena Ostapenko in the third round in Rome while Djokovic, who beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets today, will go up against Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

But the Serb insists he is merely trying to get back to full fitness after two elbow surgeries with the French Open at Roland Garros, which starts later this month, his main goal.

“The French Open is where I want to play my best tennis,” Djokovic said.

“That’s obviously the big goal for this part of the season. But I feel like my game has been going in the right direction.

“Obviously I haven’t got too many matches and it’s not satisfying for me, and I know for the people that follow me.

“I know I haven’t been up to the level desired, but Madrid and the first match here has been an encouraging story.”

He added: “It is a mental game, for sure.

“The bar has been so high. It’s not a secret. The expectations are always high in that regard. 

“At the same time, I had to learn that because of the circumstances, the injury, the surgery and all these different things, I had to think about my game and my approach to tournaments in a little bit of a different way. 

“It’s not like I don’t want to win, of course I want to win every match, but I had to understand where my game is, and [that] it’s a process to get to where I want to be in terms of level of play.”

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