Konta won both their previous meetings, in the third round here 12 months ago and in last year’s final of the Miami Open.Since losing her last five matches in 2017 Konta has taken time out to recover from a foot problem and replaced her coach, Wim Fissette, with Michael Joyce.
Nadal could face John Isner in the fourth round, Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals and Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals.
said on Thursday it was shuttering 103 unprofitable Kmart and Sears stores as it continues to streamline operations amid mounting debt and a string of quarterly losses.
A 6-0, 6-4 victory today over Donna Vekic put the 25-year-old from Guernsey into the semi-finals of the Hobart Internationa, which she won three years ago.
Watson, who always enjoys playing Down Under, faces Belgium’s Elise Mertens in Friday’s semi-finals.
While her opponent, Madison Brengle, is ranked 83 places lower than her at No 92, the American has won three of their previous four meetings.
However, Konta won their most recent encounter, at Indian Wells two years ago, for the loss of only four games.
The department store operator, which has racked up 24 straight quarters of sales declines, said 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores would be closed between early March and early April this year.
Sears Holdings, once the largest retailer in the United States, said at the end of October that it operated 1,104 stores, nearly half the 2,019 stores it ran in 2012.
However, both Djokovic and Wawrinka are returning after six-month injury lay-offs and the Serb and the Swiss have yet to confirm they are definite starters here.