In a press conference at the Australian Open Novak Djokovic commented on his last 12 months, which have been characterised by a lot of emotions. In February 2018 the Serb underwent elbow surgery and then came back in winning ways from Wimbledon.
Djokovic said: "I think probably one of the biggest lessons I had to learn is really patience, trusting life, trusting the process that things will come, that things will I guess get to a point where I want to be or where I would like to achieve or how I want to play.
I just needed to trust the process, be patient. I was impatient, to be honest, especially after surgery. I was rushing way too early to get back into competitive tennis. I was able to play a month or five weeks after surgery, which was quite fast considering.
To be honest, probably everyone around me was against me playing in Indian Wells and Miami, but I was insisting. If I can turn back time, would I change it? No, I wouldn't, because I don't regret anything. I really believe that has also kind of shaped and formed me months after that where I just had to learn the lessons the hard way, I guess.
There was an amazing, I guess, switch and turning the point around grass court season time, beginning of grass court. Probably those mountains in France where I went climbing and visit with my wife, four or five days, we had amazing quality time together hiking, contemplating our lives and everything.
After that, it was all straightforward kind of upwards trajectory in terms of my tennis. So if I have to pick one period, that would be the one." ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title