Roger Federer drops Wimbledon confession as he prepares for Australian Open battle

Tanya Simon
January 9, 2019

Federer's arrival in Melbourne after playing in the Hopman Cup came after CNN published an interview where the champion broke down when discussing one of his junior coaches, Australian Peter Carter, who died in a auto accident while on honeymoon in South Africa in 2002.

"The beginning of previous year started so well, so I'm hopeful that it can happen again", Federer said. They used to call each other and say I have this really special kid I'm training.

Federer broke down speaking about his former coach.

Every year since 2005, according to the Australian newspaper, he has invited Carter's Adelaide-based parents to watch him at the Australian Open in Melbourne, paying all their expenses.

"I've been incredibly fortunate and we had the right people at the right time, the right coaches at the right time".

"There's so much that connects me to that country. It was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away, I really started to train hard", he said.

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"Sorry", said Federer. "Oh, man, I still miss him so much".

But Federer, aiming for his third successive Australian Open title and seventh overall, said he was personally "a bit torn" between the options.

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Federer told CNN it was a career-changing moment.

However, Peter Carter suffered a fatal vehicle crash while he was on his honeymoon, and could never witness Federer touch the zenith of the sport.

Roger had a very important person in his life that unfortunately passed away tragically: Peter Carter. After knowing about the death of Peter, Federer was seen running in the street near his hotel in Toronto screaming uncontrollably.

While Carter coached Federer, his countryman Darren Cahill trained a young Lleyton Hewitt, a future Australian tennis star, in Adelaide. "I made those decisions, but I've been lucky along the way". "We played each other at 14, 16, 20 years old, and who knew we'd be Wimbledon champions and world number ones".

As for the Australian Open itself, Federer - who has won six times at Melbourne Park already - is one of the favorites to win again in 2019.

"Am I confident? I don't know".

The Swiss legend thanked his former coach for discovering him as a youngster and credits him with moulding his incomparable technique.

"I like physical matches and if you come here to Australia you have be really fit", she said. Williams is also playing in her first Australian Open since winning it in 2017.

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