Roger Federer Breaks Down in Tears Ahead of Australian Open 2019

Speaking at the Hopman Cup in Perth this week Roger Federer admitted marathon final sets in the Australian Open would be missed by some while Angelique Kerber she could see both sides of the debate

Speaking at the Hopman Cup in Perth this week Roger Federer admitted marathon final sets in the Australian Open would be missed by some while Angelique Kerber she could see both sides of the debate

"It's a really nice story", Federer said.

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

Carter coached Federer as a youngster but died in a vehicle crash in 2002 - meaning he never saw Federer win a Grand Slam title. Roger Federer, who won the Hopman Cup earlier this month alongside Belinda Bencic, is looking in prime form ahead of the first slam of the year. "What do you think he would have thought to see you here now with twenty grand slams?"

The tear-jerking interview, which has been shared across social media has gained a lot of attention from Federer's fans, who praised to talented player for his respect for his former coach. He cried, said he misses Carter, and that he hoped he made him proud.

"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. I was able to have coaching lessons from him and he was from Adelaide".

"Sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I also got lucky along the way".

He later added: "Geez, never broken down like this". After knowing about the death of Peter, Federer was seen running in the street near his hotel in Toronto screaming uncontrollably.

HERE, you can take a look at the interview with Federer and watch him speak fondly of Carter.

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"Peter Carter had the biggest impact on me in terms of my technique".

Even though Federer has spent only two weeks at home since August, the 37-year-old said being on tour now in the "back end", of his career was his most enjoyable period. They got on very well.

"We will miss the 70-68 in the fifth, so that's a pity", he said, referring to the famous final-set marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010.

Federer told The Australian in 2012: "He wasn't my first coach, but he was my real coach".

Federer regularly pays for Carter's parents to travel from Adelaide to Melbourne to sit in his players box at the Australian Open each year - and he's hopeful of putting on a show in 2019 as he seeks to defend his title.

"Am i confident? I dont know..."

"I like physical matches and if you come here to Australia you have be really fit", she said. I've had another great year.

Till a year ago, the Australian Open had a traditional full set in all of its set but from this edition, the decisive set will have a tie-break.

Federer expressed his love for the Australian tennis calendar, as there is much that connects him to the country. "The legends that I admire, the coaches that I've had in Tony Roche and Peter Carter-they've been incredibly inspirational and important to me in my life".

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