Former Czech tennis player Radek Stepanek said Novak Djokovic didn't play one tournament where he was healthy when he joined his team in 2017. After months of struggling with an elbow injury, Djokovic decided to undergo a surgery in 2018 February.
"It was a very interesting seven months because he was in a tough period of his career and life because he was injured with his elbow," Stepanek told Express Sport. "During that period, he didn't play one tournament where he was healthy so we always had to compromise and suddenly he ended up having surgery on his elbow and he started to play very early.
"He didn't finish the rehab and he rushed it a lot and it took seven months."
Djokovic has bounced back on an impressive way
Djokovic has won eight Grand Slams since making a comeback from an elbow surgery.
Djokovic is now tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors. Stepanek has tipped Djokovic to break the all-time Grand Slam record next year. "I'm very happy to see he overcame that period and he plays pain free and he's racking up the Slams," Stepanek said.
"It's incredible and what he wants to achieve in becoming the best of all time, I believe it's going to be happening next year. "He's changing the history books in basically every slam so I think the Grand Slam stat he would like to be up there alone."
Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, agrees with Stepanek that Djokovic is determined to break the all-time Grand Slam record. "I think ultimately, what Novak wants is to beat the 20 Grand Slams record. I think it's the only obsession he is having and when he walked away from that defeat against Sascha, I didn't see him in a lot of anger, you know he was not massively broken down," said Bartoli on Tennis Majors.