Roger Federer's tears for former coach: 'Never broke down like this'

Lynette Rowe
January 9, 2019

However, Peter Carter suffered a fatal vehicle crash while he was on his honeymoon, and could never witness Federer touch the zenith of the sport.

And Federer showed he is still deeply affected by the incident in his interview with CNN.

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

"Sorry. Oh, man, I still miss him so much". He cried, said he misses Carter, and that he hoped he made him proud.

"I guess it was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away, and I really started to train hard". "At the same I think it's also important to go [in] confident in the event and know you can beat them all from the get-go".

"I never thought I was going to hold a trophy", he told CNN.

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.

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

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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. "I was able to have coaching lessons with him, and he was from Adelaide in Australia". I don't know the draw yet, I don't know who my first round opponent is, I don't know if I play on Monday or day or night.

"I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent".

When asked if there was anything further he'd like to say about Carter in view of his life now, he replied: "I think, what I'd like to say is that, I've been incredibly fortunate in having had the right people at the right time; the right coaches at the right time".

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Federer says thank you in other ways, too.

Roger Federer is set to defend his Australian Open title later this month when the tournament kicks off on January 14.

"Sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I also got lucky along the way". From that moment I started to check all the possible stats and the stories behind the tennis players. 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. "The legends that I admire, the coaches that I've had in Tony Roche and Peter Carter-they've been incredibly inspirational and important to me in my life".

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