Novak Djokovic channels Kobe Bryant's mamba mentality ahead of US Open final

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Novak Djokovic channels Kobe Bryant's mamba mentality ahead of US Open final

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic echoed Kobe Bryant's words following his US Open semiifnal win. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, overcame fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev in five sets 4-6 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-2 to reach the US Open final. Djokovic is now on the brink of making tennis history and achieving something that hasn't been done in over 50 years.

If Djokovic wins the US Open, he will claim a record 21st Grand Slam title and become the first player since 1969 to win all four Majors in the same year. However, Djokovic insists that the job is not done yet and he still has to deliver his best tennis against Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.

"It's his famous interview where he said, 'Why should I be happy right now? Job is not done,'" Djokovic said. "He's been someone, as probably millions of athletes and people around the world have been looking up to him, admiring him.

That's kind of an attitude I have. Job is not done. Excitement is there. Motivation is there, without a doubt. Probably more than ever. But I have one more to go."

Zverev tips Djokovic to make tennis history

"Yeah, I mean, I think it's great for the sport.

Nobody thought anybody will do it again, what Rod Laver did. To see him have the chance on Sunday, I do believe that he will do it is great. He's breaking every single record that there is," Zverev said of Djokovc. If you look at the stats, if you look the pure game of tennis action, he's the greatest of all time.

Nobody is there with him, because most weeks world No. 1, most Masters 1000s titles, most likely going to be the most Grand Slams at the end of the day. And he has the chance of winning all four in the same year. How do you compete with that?"