Australian Open 2019: Roger Federer speaks out about fifth set rule change

Roger Federer of Switzerland watches the women's singles match between Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Maria Sakkari of Greece during day six of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena

Roger Federer says he is indebted to Peter Carter for his technique Credit Getty Images

Unfortunately, one year before Federer was to win Wimbledon on 2003, Carter was to die in a vehicle accident whilst on honeymoon in South Africa.

In an interview with CNN prior to the Australian Open, Federer opened up about his late coach and how he helped him become a tennis superstar. "I was able to, you know, have coaching lessons with him". I hope he would be proud, ' Federer said in his tearful interview.

"I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent so I guess it was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away and I really started to train hard", Federer, temperamental prior to his grand slam winning days, continued to CNN Sport.

"Geez, never broke down like this." said Federer.

"When it first happened, I believe it was in the Davis Cup in Basel when I played an wonderful weekend against the Americans (in 2001) and of course when I won Wimbledon, the emotions were so, so strong". I think what I would like to say is that I've been incredibly fortunate to have the right people at the right time, the right coaches.

When Federer learnt of his coach's death, he ran through the streets "bawling and hysterical".

"When they talk about my effortless style and technique, I guess".

Narrating how Carter entered tennis, Federer said, "It's actually a really nice story".

Whilst seeking to win a third successive Australian Open title in Melbourne next week, two-time defender Federer is not favourite to win, however. "I mean, sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I was also lucky along the way", he said.

"(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.

Like Federer, Djokovic has seen vast success at the Australian Open throughout his career.

"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".

"Am i confident? I dont 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".

He has remained high atop the men's singles rankings throughout the past two years and he is one of OUR FAVORITES at the upcoming Australian Open.

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

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

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