Tearful Djokovic pays tribute to Bryant after Australian Open victory

Speaking after his quarterfinal victory over Milos Raonic, Djokovic hailed Bryant, who died alongside his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash Sunday, as "one of the greatest athletes of all time"."He inspired myself and many other people around the world," the Serb said in Melbourne. "I had the fortune to have a personal relationship with him over the last 10 years. "When I needed some advice and some support he was there for me. He was my mentor, my friend. It's heartbreaking to see and hear what has happened to him and his daughter."READ: Roger Federer saves seven match points to reach Australian Open semifinalsREAD: The 24 moments that made Kobe Bryant a global superstarDjokovic, the defending champion who next faces Roger Federer in the semifinals, also posted a heartfelt tribute to the NBA great on social media earlier this week.He signed a TV camera lens with the names of Bryant of his 13-year-old daughteRead More – Source