Grateful Djokovic is thrilled to be back in the old routine
The hard times made it all the sweeter for Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon as he celebrated his 13th grand slam title.
The Serbian defeated Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7/3) to win his fourth Wimbledon crown but first slam title since the French Open in 2016, which proved to be a dramatic turning point in his career.
From holding all four slam titles, Djokovic lost motivation, form and confidence, before being forced to take six months off at the end of last season when elbow problems struck.
The 31-year-old said: "There were several moments where I was frustrated and questioning whether I can get back on the desired level or not. But that makes this whole journey even more special for me.
"It's easy to talk now and look back at it and be kind of grateful, but I really am grateful to go through these kind of mixed emotions, turbulence as well mentally, moments of doubt and disappointment and frustration, anger.
"It's a learning curve, it really is. It helped me, not just as a tennis player, but as a human being. It's usually in a struggle that you get to know yourself, you get to have an opportunity to rise like a phoenix and evolve and get better."