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Roger Federer in tears talking about his late coach Peter Carter

Roger Federer in tears talking about his late coach Peter Carter

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 vehicle accident while on honeymoon in South Africa in 2002.

Federer added: "I'm one of the top 10 favourites and so are many others".

"(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, "If you win a Slam, it's a good season", said Federer, now ranked three, who skipped Roland Garros and had disappointing exits at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Federer paused briefly, then quickly broke down in tears.

Federer regularly pays for Carter's parents to watch his matches at the Australian Open, flying them from Adelaide to Melbourne.

"I've been incredibly fortunate to have the right people at the right time, the right coaches at the right time".

According to CNN, he later said: "Geez, never broke down like this".

"I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent so... it was somewhat of a wake-up call when he passed away and I really started to train hard".

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Seeking to win a third consecutive Australian Open title, Federer told CNN he felt confident of going far in the tournament in 2019.

Peter Carter's death was a tragic moment for Federer, but it was also the wake-up call for him that started to train very hard nearly like to honor the memory of his coach.

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

When Federer learnt of his coach's death, he ran through the streets "bawling and hysterical".

"Peter was really a really important person in my life because I think if I can say thank you for my technique today, it's to Peter", he said.

Peter was Federer's coach when the Swiss was at the very beginning of his career, and he died tragically in South Africa during a safari in occasion of his honeymoon for a vehicle accident back in 2002.

While Carter coached Federer, his countryman Darren Cahill trained a young Lleyton Hewitt, a future Australian tennis star, in Adelaide.

"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. "We played each other at 14, 16, 20 years old, and who knew we'd be Wimbledon champions and world number ones". "The legends that I admire from that country, the coaches that I've had have been incredibly inspirational and important to me in my life".

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