Roger Federer has left the tennis world in tears after a heartbreaking interview about his former coach, who died in a vehicle crash 16 years ago. I have played so much tennis throughout my life having faced hard moments and injuries and travelling was really an incredible life school so I hope it's gonna help me a lot to participate, to stay calm, to be good under pressure. 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 think what I would like to say is that I've been incredibly fortunate to having had the right people at the right time".
'He didn't want me to be a wasted talent.
According to CNN, he later said: "Geez, never broke down like this".
"And when you start thinking of your family or your friends, you go back in the gym, you go back into the practice courts where there was nobody watching, and all of the sudden you realise we've put in so much work and it all paid off".
Carter died in a vehicle accident on his honeymoon in South Africa in 2002 - a year before Federer's first grand slam victory at Wimbledon.
‘Never broken down like this’ – Roger Federer in tears as he discusses tragic coach’s death
"It means a lot always and if I don't have any significant meaning to what I'm doing I wouldn't be doing it", Djokovic said. "I made those decisions, but I've been lucky along the way".
And Cilic, who pushed Federer all the way in the final previous year, heads into the tournament after pulling out of a warm-up event in India last week with an injured knee.
Federer told The Australian in 2012: "He wasn't my first coach, but he was my real coach".
"They used to call each other and say "I have this really special kid I'm training" and Darren would say the same [about Hewitt] from Adelaide".
"Am i confident? I dont know..."
"The second half was maybe not as good but still it was solid, so I think the most important thing for me moving into this year is being ready in the mind when the big moments come around".
Till a year ago, the Australian Open had a traditional full set in all of its set but from this edition, the decisive set will have a tie-break. Players around the entire ATP Tour and WTA Tour are gearing up for the action and getting in their final reps at tournaments leading up to it. Federer is a two-time defending champion at Melbourne Park.
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