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Roger Federer breaks down as he remembers his first tennis coach

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Noah Ferguson | 10 January, 2019, 06:31

"He came to play club tennis for my club in Basel, Old Boys Tennis Club", Federer told CNN sports in an exclusive interview. "It was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away, and I really started to train hard", Federer said.

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.

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

Odds are instead in favour of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, victor of the last two Grand Slam tournaments and a six-time Australian Open champion. I was able to have coaching lessons with him.

'He didn't want me to be a wasted talent.

"Geez, never broke down like this." said Federer. Will you be watching the Australian Open?

"Peter was really, a really important person in my life".

The 2019 edition of the Australian Open will debut a new fifth set deciding system and former champions, Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber have opined on the new method.

Federer not only attributes his unique method to coaching under the Adelaide-born Carter, but also his career and success; winning Wimbledon in 2003 before going on to achieve a record 20 Grand Slam titles.

In 2019, he'll look to defend his 2018 Australian Open victory, saying Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic is the man to beat.

But Carter died in a auto accident while on his honeymoon in South Africa in 2002 - a year before Federer's first major honour, a triumph at Wimbledon.

Federer said he never really believed in his monumental talent until the day he learnt Carter had died.

And Cilic, who pushed Federer all the way in the final a year ago, heads into the tournament after pulling out of a warm-up event in India last week with an injured knee.

And the Australian tennis calendar, the country's athletes, and the sporting culture as a whole continue to leave an indelible mark in Federer's character.

That moment sparked a late-career resurgence including back-to-back Australian Open titles.

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

"I do get emotional watching movies sometimes but I did not know I had this happy cry as we call it in our family, not just when you are winning, but the kiddies", the Basel native said. I've had another great year.

"I love playing Australia, love playing in Melbourne".

The world number two also endured a disappointing Australian Open exit past year, forced to retire in pain from his quarter-final with Marin Cilic.

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