Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Roger Federer Remembers Coach, Prepares for Australian Open

Roger Federer Remembers Coach, Prepares for Australian Open

It is learnt that it was Carter who prepared Federer at a very young age but the coach could not see the Swiss star winning his first Wimbledon title as he passed away in a vehicle crash a year before.

And Federer showed he is still deeply affected by the incident in his interview with CNN.

When asked what Carter would think about his record men's haul of 20 grand slams, Federer teared up. I have played so much tennis throughout my life having faced hard moments and injuries and travelling was really an incredible life school so I hope it's gonna help me a lot to participate, to stay calm, to be good under pressure. "If I can say thank you for my technique today it's to Peter".

Speaking to CNN Sport, Federer said that Carter's sudden death turned out to be a wake-up call for him.

"When it first happened, I believe it was in the Davis Cup in Basel when I played an unbelievable weekend against the Americans (in 2001) and of course when I won Wimbledon, the emotions were so, so strong". According to The Australian, Federer "left his hotel and ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical" upon hearing the tragic news.

"I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent. So".

Roger Federer is set to defend his Australian Open title later this month when the tournament kicks off on January 14.

Federer seems to thrive at the start of the year and begins his campaign on the back of winning the Hopman Cup.

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

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

"(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.

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

"Especially at this stage of my life and career I've achieved enough to say it's enough, I don't need to do anything to make a living or whatever. Still happy playing and I've won the last two Australian Open editions so I should be going in there with confidence", he said.

"I have a friend there, a Brazilian fig tree, that I like to climb and I like to connect with so that's probably my favourite thing to do". Worryingly, he pulled out of the Brisbane International last week with a thigh strain but then played an exhibition in Sydney and insists he will be ready for Melbourne. "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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