Swiss Tennis player Roger Federer on Tuesday got emotional while speaking about former coach Peter Carter, who passed away in a vehicle accident on his honeymoon in 2002. "It was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away, and I really started to train hard", Federer said.
"I like physical matches and if you come here to Australia you have be really fit".
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.
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"I've been incredibly fortunate and we had the right people at the right time, the right coaches at the right time". During a recent interview with the CNN, he broke down in tears when asked about his coach.
"There's so much that connects me to that country".
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"Sorry. Oh, man, I still miss him so much".
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Peter Carter discovered Federer as a teen while playing at his tennis club in Basel, Switzerland.
But Carter died in a auto accident while on his honeymoon in South Africa in 2002 - a year before Federer's first major honour, a triumph at Wimbledon.
Federer told CNN it was a career-changing moment.
The Australian newspaper reported he left his hotel and "ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical".
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.
Federer added: "So Peter was a really important person in my life and if I can say thank you today for my technique, it's to Peter". "We played each other at 14, 16, 20 years old, and who knew we'd be Wimbledon champions and world number ones".
The Australian Open is now rapidly approaching.
"In terms of who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I am part of that bunch". I was able to have coaching lessons with him. 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.
Murray's hip surgery meant he played just six events in 2018, and Nadal's truncated 2018 campaign was bookended by injuries that forced to him to retire in both the Australian and US Opens.