The preview file: Day 5
A pair of exciting women’s semifinals will be played along with the men’s quarterfinals on a bumper Day 5 of action at the Apia International.
The women’s semifinals and men’s quarterfinals highlight the Day 5 program at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
apiainternational.com.au breaks down the schedule and gives you some insights into where some of the best storylines and match-ups can be found on Thursday.
 Johanna Konta v Eugenie Bouchard – Ken Rosewall Arena, second night match
The pick of the women’s semifinals, Konta and Bouchard both go for their shots and play with a relentless aggression that is designed to beat their opponents into submission. It will be a treat for fans to see these forces collide at Ken Rosewall Arena with a place in the Sydney final at stake. The pair met six months ago in the second round at Wimbledon – it is their only previous encounter, and Bouchard won that absorbing Centre Court battle in three sets. “I won that match, but it was really, really tough. I’m not going in thinking, Oh, yeah, I won the last one,” Bouchard said. “No, I barely got through the last one. She’s a top-10 player. She’s playing her best tennis right now.”
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 Agnieszka Radwanska v Barbora Strycova – Ken Rosewall Arena, third match
If you want to know what this semifinal is worth watching, check out these insane highlights from their match last year at Roland Garros. If tennis with creativity is your thing, then these women are the ones who will provide it.
 Dominic Thiem v Dan Evans – Ken Rosewall Arena, first night match
Thiem survived an epic in his opening match in Sydney on Wednesday night. How will he fare against Evans, who has slipped quietly through the draw? “I’ve never played against him, but of course I know him from the television and everything,” Thiem said. “He’s a nice player to watch, one-handed backhand as well, and I’m looking forward to playing the first time against him.”
 Viktor Troicki v  Philipp Kohlschreiber – Ken Rosewall Arena, second match
Troicki will look to take his winning streak to 14 in Sydney when he takes on the German veteran, who possesses excellent footwork and classic technique, especially on his one-handed backhand. Troicki’s physicality is a big weapon, however, perhaps explaining why the Serb is on track for a third straight title in an often hot, humid city at this time of year.
Storyline of note
Gilles Muller of Luxembourg will attempt to reach the semifinals for the third consecutive year in Sydney when he faces second seed Pablo Cuevas. The 33-year-old lefty said on Wednesday he was struggling with the lingering effects of illness and Brisbane and was not altogether happy with the state of his game after beating qualifier Matt Barton in the second round. Should he get healthier and find him form, that spells danger for both Cuevas and the rest of the men in the draw.
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