Johanna Konta's coach Wim Fissette has revealed how he makes the British number one learn tactics off-by-heart and recite them before her matches at Wimbledon.

The tennis star, who lives in Eastbourne, is the bookies' favourite to lift the Wimbledon trophy as the tournament enters its second week.

No player in the women's draw has won a higher percentage of first sets this year than Konta, who in nine grand slam ties has lost the opening frame just once.

That was against Serena Williams at the Australian Open in January and even in her shock French Open loss to Su-wei Hsieh, Konta blitzed the first set 6-1.

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Her fast starts are no fluke. Konta is prepared meticulously for her opponents by Fissette and expected to commit every detail of her game-plan to memory.

It means in the minutes before she walks out on Court One on Monday, to face Caroline Garcia in the last 16, Konta will be reciting her strategy.

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"Twenty minutes before the match she starts to warm up, which is quite intense, but five minutes before she goes out on court she repeats the messages back to me.

Wim Fissette, Konta's coach
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The world number seven had never gone further than round two before this current tournament but, heading into the second week, she is the bookies' favourite for the title.

Chris Evert and Lindsay Davenport are just two former champions to have circled Konta as a potential winner next weekend but it remains to be seen how the 26-year-old would cope with the trophy in sight.