Novak Djokovic is hopeful he can follow in the footsteps of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by returning strongly from a period out.
The Serbian announced after being forced to retire from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych that he would be shutting down his season early due to a lingering elbow injury.
The decision to call time on his campaign sees the former world No.1 follow in the footsteps of Federer and Nadal, who took the second half of 2016 off before returning to dominate the sport this year.
Nadal and Federer have scooped up all the Grand Slam titles between them in 2017, while Nadal has returned to the top of the world rankings.
Djokovic is hoping to do something similar when he starts his preparations for next year's Australian Open, claiming the form of Federer and Nadal after their breaks has boosted his confidence.
"Federer and Nadal are in many ways unique, among the best players in the history of the sport, people who have influenced me to become what I am," Djokovic told Novosti. "Their examples show that you can even after a break and a season in which the game was not at its best level can return to the top.
"And I would like to remind that I was the only player from the top that never took a break, and from this perspective I think I should have done it right after the 2016 Roland Garros."