Novak Djokovic: "Kobe Bryant helped me a lot"

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Novak Djokovic: "Kobe Bryant helped me a lot"

Novak Djokovic has never hidden his passion for the world of sport and has always shown an interest in the stories of the best athletes in the world. The Serbian has repeatedly spoken of his idols and sportsmen who have decisively influenced his path in the Tour and helped build part of his incredible mental strength.

During the 2020 Australian Open, a few days after the death of Kobe Bryant, the Belgradese had revealed in tears that he confided in the US NBA legend several times: "I really don't know what to say, I was taken aback by the news.

He was one of the greatest athletes in history, an inspiration to me and many other people around the world. Kobe helped me in a moment of difficulty, we had met and talked on more than one occasion. I've been fortunate enough to have a personal relationship with him over the past 10 years."

Novak Djokovic also on Diego Maradona

Djokovic also had the opportunity to share various experiences with Diego Armando Maradona, who passed away on November 25, 2020.

In an exclusive interview with Tennis Majors, the Serbian talked about his greatest sources of inspiration: "Many athletes have influenced me over the years. I have spoken several times about Kobe Bryant. I also knew Diego Armando Maradona well.

We talked many times about life and sport and he gave me some important tips. The same goes for Michael Jordan. If we talk about tennis: Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Boris Becker. The last two were also my coaches. I appreciate the story of each athlete and all that the greats of the past have done to make the sport a global." Djokovic shares a great relationship with some of the NBA's stars.

Bogdan Bogdanovic recently thanked him for his constant advice: "I read what he said and I can't thank him enough, because he is a friend, a great guy and an amazing basketball player who I support in everything he does. Together with Nikola Jokic, he is flying the Serbian flag in the NBA.

We talk whenever we get the chance. It's always interesting to learn more about their routine, how they train and recover, their approach, etc. As a professional athlete, you must always strive to improve and learn from others."

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