Novak Djokovic underwent surgery in February this year to correct a recurring elbow injury. Just seven months later, the Serbian looks back at his best after clinching both the Wimbledon and US Open men’s singles titles.
Novak Djokovic’s win over Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the US Open on Sunday was a fitting climax to a remarkable year. Now with 14 Grand Slam titles to his name, the same as his childhood idol Pete Sampras, at exactly the same venue where Sampras won his 14th Grand Slam title, it would undoubtedly have made the achievement even sweeter for the Serbian.
However, it seemed almost improbable just a few months ago that Djokovic would return to his best when he underwent surgery in a bid to heal an elbow injury that had been bothering him for a while.
Yet, he defied all odds and went on to win both the Wimbledon and US Open titles, taking not only the tennis world but also himself by surprise.
“If you told me in February this year when I got the surgery that I’d win Wimbledon, the US Open and Cincinnati, it would be hard to believe. But at the same time there was always part of me that imagined and believed and hoped that I can get back on the desired level of tennis very soon,” he said at Flushing Meadows after the final.