Roger Federer drops Wimbledon confession as he prepares for Australian Open battle

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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 feel good!", said Roger Federer.

Roger Federer has revealed the depth of his feeling towards former coach Peter Carter in an emotional interview with CNN - describing his death 17 years ago as a "a wake-up call".

"I love playing in Australia I love playing in Melbourne...there's so much that connects you tot the place - legends that I admire from the country the coaches that I've had..." The 17-time Grand Slam victor sensibly cut short his 2018 season after bookending it with another injury retirement in the US Open semi-final.

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

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

He later added: "Geez, never broken down like this".

It put him on a par with other six-time Australian Open winners Djokovic and Roy Emerson - but the Australian great's victories all came before the Open era.

This is because one of Federer's earliest coaches was Peter Carter, who was "incredible, inspirational, and important" in his life.

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Every year since 2005, according to the Australian newspaper, he has invited Carter's Adelaide-based parents to watch him at the Australian Open in Melbourne, paying all their expenses.

CNN asked Federer what Carter would think now Federer's won 20, and is in the running to extend that to 21 at the Australian Open this month.

Federer is in near career-best form after winning a record third Hopman Cup title with Switzerland in Perth last week.

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. I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent. "Sure, I make those decisions but I've been lucky along the way".

And Cilic, who pushed Federer all the way in the final past year, heads into the tournament after pulling out of a warm-up event in India last week with an injured knee.

"Family for me always comes first", said Federer, a father of two sets of twins.

"In terms of who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I am part of that bunch". "I really started to train hard". "Still happy playing and I've won the last two Australian Open editions so I should be going in there with confidence", he said.

Already eliminated in singles, Stauffer noted that Federer wore a black armband when he played and lost in the doubles in Toronto alongside Wayne Ferreira - a South African - against Australian duo Joshua Eagle and Sandon Stolle.

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