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

Ross Houston
January 9, 2019

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.

"I am not getting the heat thing, this week has not been very hot", he said. Djokovic showed to be really great', said Bertolucci in an interview to Il Sussidiario.

Federer was grateful for good health, especially compared to two years ago when, ranked 17th, he came to Melbourne recovering from knee surgery and so famously won the title aged 35 with a memorable triumph over old rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer paused briefly, then quickly broke down in tears.

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".

"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.

"When it first happened, I believe it was in the Davis Cup in Basel when I played an fantastic weekend against the Americans (in 2001) and of course when I won Wimbledon, the emotions were so, so strong". Speaking emotionally, Federer said: "I miss him so much, I hope he would be proud".

Carter was the one to discover him, Federer said.

That moment sparked a late-career resurgence including back-to-back Australian Open titles.

Thirtysomethings Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic share the Australian Open record with six wins, but either could make history with a magnificent seventh when the first Grand Slam of the year begins in Melbourne on Monday.

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.

While Carter coached Federer, his countryman Darren Cahill trained a young Lleyton Hewitt, a future Australian tennis star, in Adelaide. "If I can say thank you for my technique today it's to Peter", he said. "We played each other at 14, 16, 20 years old, and who knew we'd be Wimbledon champions and world number ones". "I mean, sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I was also lucky along the way", he said.

The Australian Open is now rapidly approaching.

"Am i confident? I dont know... I was able to have coaching lessons with him, and he was from Adelaide in Australia". Williams is also playing in her first Australian Open since winning it in 2017.

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