Roger Federer has had an amazing run of success in tennis.
After beating Andy Roddick in the US Open for his ninth grand slam title, at the same time becoming the first man to win the US Open and Wimbledon back to back for three consecutive years, you wonder what's the secret of the man's continued success.
While relishing the accolades and comparisons with past great players, here's what Federer said when looking back.
" At this moment of high achievement he cast his mind back to the problems, pressures and pain of his early days. "People said this guy has got some talent, but he can't get his mind right, he's not fit enough. That stuff hurt me. I was at a junction, faced with the choice of the talented road or the hard-working road. I chose for the hard-working road and it paid off."
Ultimately its the hard work and the conviction of belief that pays off.