However, bad blood aside, Konta remained much more philosophical in her answer.
"I played him a year ago in Monte Carlo, and it was the same guy against me (yesterday)".
Over at the genteel surroundings of Wimbledon, Jo Durie was reaching the last eight, an achievement which had gone unmatched by any British player until another Jo, Konta, took her place in the Wimbledon quarter finals yesterday.
The sixth-seeded Konta defeated 21st-seeded Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 on No. 1 Court.
Konta was reduced to tears and temporarily left the court after claiming she was verbally intimidated by Romanian fans during her singles match with Sorana Cirstea in Constanta.
Konta insisted she would do her best to block out the Fed Cup row when she steps on court.
The Dane matched her best performance at Wimbledon reaching the round 16 and is now 0-6 in fourth round matches here, 9-10 in her Grand Slam career.
The seventh-seeded Croat beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. He will next face either Rafael Nadal of Gilles Muller.
The Romanian faces Great Britain's Johanna Konta (6) in the last eight and will secure the number-one ranking by beating the home-crowd favourite.
Konta, famously controlled on court, did not get carried away with the success, however, and seemed equally calm when she lost five games in a row en route to Garcia taking the second set.
Despite repeatedly denying her father was cheating by using hand gestures, Garcia was pushed to the limit in a post-match interview. A passenger in the other vehicle died about two weeks later. "So did okay physically at the end", he said after Friday's win.
With the loss by Kerber, either Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova will take over as the top-ranked player after the tournament.
"I've dreamed of being a Grand Slam champion ever since I was a little girl", she said.
There is only one former champion in the women's quarter-finals - five-time victor Venus Williams.
-Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS/N.7) - Agnieszka Radwanska (POL/N.9) 6-2, 6-4. She said: "In the past there have been years when the women have been more attractive to watch, been bigger names, they've still gone with the four men and two women".
Indeed, the fact that of six singles tournament games played on SW19's two show courts yesterday, only two were between women did not pass unnoticed.
"In Wimbledon it is the same and she has never done better than second round and expectations are of course high this year".
The Yorkshireman played a 17-year-old Bjorn Borg in the quarter-finals that year, in a match that was remembered for Taylor offering to replay match point over a dubious line call even though he had already been awarded the tie.
SSE, the energy behind Andy Murray Live 2017 returns for a second year to The SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Novak Djokovic is third.