Roger Federer Breaks Down in Tears Ahead of Australian Open 2019

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"Sorry. I hope he would be proud", Federer said.

Roger Federer has left the tennis world in tears after a heartbreaking interview about his former coach, who died in a auto crash 16 years ago. "I probably left it a little too long", he admitted after becoming notorious for his on-court meltdowns - he even needed a controversial umpire pep-talk to get him going during a US Open match.

Odds are instead in favour of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, victor of the last two Grand Slam tournaments and a six-time Australian Open champion. "I was able to have coaching lessons from him and he was from Adelaide".

He later added: "Geez, never broken down like this".

"And when you start thinking of your family or your friends, you go back in the gym, you go back into the practice courts where there was nobody watching, and all of the sudden you realise we've put in so much work and it all paid off".

"Tony and Peter Carter have been incredibly inspirational and important to me in my life".

One of his earliest coaches, Peter Carter, was Australian, but the coach died before Federer won his first major.

When asked what he thought Carter would think about him now owning 20 grand slam titles, Federer couldn't contain his emotions.

Whilst seeking to win a third successive Australian Open title in Melbourne next week, two-time defender Federer is not favourite to win, however.

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Carter coached Federer throughout his formative years until he died while on honeymoon in 2002.

"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. Sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I had luck along the way".

When Federer learned of Carter's death, he was in a tournament in Toronto.

Speaking to CNN, Federer broke down in tears remembering the Australian coach who had such an impact on his life and career.

"(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.

And the Australian tennis calendar, the country's athletes, and the sporting culture as a whole continue to leave an indelible mark in Federer's character.

"In terms of who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I am part of that bunch". "With the weather, the conditions, it's really hot and humid and you have to ready for that", she said. I've had another great year.

"I love playing in Australia and in Melbourne, there's so much that connects me to the place".

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