Novak Djokovic always regrets that stopping playing tennis for a while after winning his 12th Grand Slam title at the French Open would have been the right thing to do, and instead, he kept competing as many big events like Wimbledon and Rio Olympics was coming up.
'Some people around me were a great support, especially my wife and parents, they were adamant that I should stop', said Djokovic. 'However, no one can make decisions in my place.' And when did he decide to stop? 'Well I decided to stop the following year, that is the last year, and that was not my decision.
It was the will of God and my body because elbow could not cope with the exertion anymore. Elbow is, of course, a problem that was there for two years. have then visited the best orthopaedics in North America and around the world, and from Serbia of course.
Everyone advised me that the surgery was not necessary.' Djokovic admitted that Olympics require an ultimate preparation, but he could not do it as he was dealing with some physical issues: 'You have to prepare specially for them but you do not have the time because the Olympics always fall in that tight period of time between Wimbledon and US Open where you also have several more major tournaments.
So, all in all, it was one major lesson for me. I should have probably ended the season right after US Open, maybe even after the Olympics, but I managed to prepare myself for the US Open, I played the finals, it is a superb result.
But I remember that tournament really well. There I have squeezed the last atoms of that flame and that mental strength for competition. After that, I was like a deflated balloon and the only reason why I kept competing until the end of the season and to participate in tournaments was that Murray had gotten momentum and I was in danger of losing my number one spot, actually I have let others have an influence on me that I should continue.
Deep down inside I knew I should have stopped.' ALSO READ: 'Roger Federer should never play on clay again' - Andy Roddick