Novak Djokovic pens touching message after edging closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
NOVAK DJOKOVIC continued to close the gap to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam tallies over recent months - and now he has penned a touching letter thanking his supporters.
Djokovic required surgery on a nasty elbow injury earlier this year and faced a long road to recovery.
The Serbian suffered opening-round defeats at Indian Wells, the Miami Open and Barcelona Open following the treatment.
But he gradually began to reinvent his game and bounced back with a remarkable win at Wimbledon.
Djokovic followed that up by winning the Cincinnati Masters and US Open - taking his Grand Slam tally to 14.
The world No 3 is younger than Federer (20 Grand Slam titles) and Nadal (17) so has time to catch their honors list.
And with the momentum now on his side, he has thanked his faithful followers with an emotional post on Instagram.
“Before I share with you my deepest thoughts, I wanted to THANK YOU for your love and support during the hard times, and also during these good times,” Djokovic wrote.
“It means the world to me and I know it wasn’t easy to stick around when things were uncertain. So thank you!
“UnBELIEVEable is usually the most common way to explain extraordinary success.. To me, that expression negates the most powerful emotion that one can have - BELIEF.
Djokovic posted on social media (Image: Instagram)
“All this time, belief is what pushed me through moments of doubt, pain, uncertainty.
“I was stuck at some point and overwhelmed by a plethora of information. And the results were not showing.
“Everybody offered their opinions and advice on what to do and what was happening to me, and I can’t say I didn’t hear any of it. I did. I got confused at times.
“But there was one thing that kept me up, kept me going: Belief in myself, my abilities, my skills and talent, and my resilience. Belief that I am meant to do this.
The Serbian is back in action at the Laver Cup next weekend (Image: GETTY)
“The biggest takeaway from these fantastic past few months is that UNBELIEVABLE doesn’t exist. Limits do not exist.
“When you see it in your mind, you can achieve it in life. When you show up with your courage, confidence and belief, you are already a winner despite the actual result.
“Your character prevails and you build your habits and your habits bring you one step closer to your goals.
“So my friends, embrace adversity and trust in the power of belief.. it can take you anywhere Love to all. Idemooo.”