Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Roger Federer breaks down as he remembers his first tennis coach

Roger Federer breaks down as he remembers his first tennis coach

Federer expressed his love for the Australian tennis calendar, as there is much that connects him to the country.

Speaking after he easily accounted for world number four Alexander Zverev, the last player to beat him in singles in Perth back in 2017, Federer played down his chances of a third successive Australian Open title.

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

"I hope he would be proud".

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

The 37-year-old is in hot form having helped Switzerland win the Hopman Cup in Perth, getting 2019 off to a ideal start having won his very first opportunity for silverware in the new season.

Federer "left his hotel and ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical", the Australian newspaper reported.

"I'm one of the top 10 favorites and so are many others", he said.

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"When it first happened, I believe it was in the Davis Cup in Basel when I played an incredible weekend against the Americans (in 2001) and of course when I won Wimbledon, the emotions were so, so strong".

"They used to call each other and say "I have this really special kid I'm training" and Darren would say the same [about Hewitt] from Adelaide. I think if I can say thank you for my technique today, it's to Peter".

Federer has spoken throughout his career about his influential former coach, who died in a auto accident aged 37 in 2002 while honeymooning in South Africa.

Asked how he thought Carter would have reacted now in seeing Federer's 20 grand slam titles, the Swiss ace was overcome with emotion. I was able to have coaching lessons with him. "It was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away and I really started to train hard", he continued. "Sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I had luck along the way".

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

The world No.1 is looking to claim his eighth Australian Open with a win in 2019.

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

In 2013, Federer spoke of Carter: "Work ethic was very important for Australians, so I think I profited a lot from that and early on for me, Peter Carter was a very important man just overall for my character". I've had another great season this year, still happy playing and I won the last two Australian Open editions so I definitely should be going in there with confidence. Players around the entire ATP Tour and WTA Tour are gearing up for the action and getting in their final reps at tournaments leading up to it. Federer is a two-time defending champion at Melbourne Park.

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