Roger Federer in tears talking about his late coach Peter Carter

Rex Christensen
January 9, 2019

In a CNN Sport interview, Roger Federer is reduced to tears when asked about Peter Carter and what the influential coach would have thought of the Australian Open champion's success today.

"I am okay with any format really", he said.

Federer reminisced how Carter waltzed into his life when he was a nine-year-old playing at Old Boys Tennis Club in Basel, Switzerland, in the 1990's.

Federer paused briefly, then quickly broke down in tears.

But among thousands of rowdy Federer supporters, two will stand out - Carter's parents Bob and Diana, who Roger flies to Melbourne from Adelaide each year to watch him compete in their son's memory.

"I've been incredibly fortunate to having had the right people at the right time", he said in the interview with CNN. "It was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away, I really started to train hard", he said.

"I know what the pillars are for me throughout the year and what need to do in terms of fitness, how many tournaments I can play, how much I want to travel".

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

Federer said he is confident to defend his title for the upcoming 2019 Australian Open, which begins January 14.

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.

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Over the course of his career Federer has racked up an impressive 20 grand slams, including a record eight Wimbledon titles, a joint-record six Australian Open titles, a record five consecutive US Open titles and one French Open title.

Like Federer, Djokovic has seen vast success at the Australian Open throughout his career. After knowing about the death of Peter, Federer was seen running in the street near his hotel in Toronto screaming uncontrollably.

Carter was a close friend of world No. 1 Simona Halep's former coach Darren Cahill, who was coaching Lleyton Hewitt at the same time.

"Darren would say the same from Adelaide and then we played each other when we were 14, 16, 18, 20 and then the whole career".

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

The Swiss legend thanked his former coach for discovering him as a youngster and credits him with moulding his incomparable technique.

"Am I confident, I don't know", he said.

They used to call each other and say "I have this really special kid I'm training", he said.

"Melbourne will be the same I think".

"The second half was maybe not as good but still it was solid, so I think the most important thing for me moving into this year is being ready in the mind when the big moments come around".

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