Federer: Djokovic the clear favourite for the Australian Open

Federer: Djokovic the clear favourite for the Australian Open

In a touching interview that will win him another few million fans, Roger Federer was unable to fight back tears as he spoke about former coach Peter Carter.

"The beginning of a year ago started so well, so I'm hopeful that it can happen again", Federer 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. "He came to play club tennis for my club in Basel, Old Boys Tennis Club".

Federer credits much of his playing style to his late coach.

"I've been incredibly fortunate and we had the right people at the right time, the right coaches at the right time".

According to CNN, he later said: "Geez, never broke down like this".

Federer expressed his love for the Australian tennis calendar, as there is much that connects him to the country. It was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away, I really started to train hard'.

Star players Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber have cautiously welcomed new tie-break rules for the deciding set at the Australian Open.

Federer seems to thrive at the start of the year and begins his campaign on the back of winning the Hopman Cup.

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Turning 37 on August 8 - one day before what would have been Carter's 53rd birthday - Federer remains close to Carter's family and his parents usually occupy his player's box in Melbourne for the Australian Open.

Carter died in a auto accident on his honeymoon in South Africa in 2002 - a year before Federer's first grand slam victory at Wimbledon.

Like Federer, Djokovic has seen enormous success at the Australian Open throughout his career. "So Peter was a really important person in my life because I think if I can say thanks for my technique today it's for Peter", added Federer.

Federer "left his hotel and ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical", the Australian newspaper reported.

While Carter coached Federer, his countryman Darren Cahill trained a young Lleyton Hewitt, a future Australian tennis star, in Adelaide. "Sure, I make those decisions but I've been lucky along the way".

"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".

The Australian Open is now rapidly approaching.

"Am I confident, I don't know", he said. I was able to have coaching lessons with him. I have a huge passion for Roger Federer, a great respect for Rafael Nadal and I am interested in the newcomers.

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