'Roger Federer's ups and downs are normal. Djokovic.'

'Roger Federer's ups and downs are normal. Djokovic.'

But Carter died in a auto accident while on his honeymoon in South Africa in 2002 - a year before Federer's first major honour, a triumph at Wimbledon.

Asked what Carter would think about his record tally of 20 Grand Slams, Federer broke down in tears and responded: "Sorry". Overcome with emotion, Federer hoped that his late coach would be proud of his career today. "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".

Learning of Carter's death whilst playing at the 2002 Canadian Masters in Toronto, Federer was reputedly said to be "never so upset in his life".

The Federer camp hasn't made detailed plans about playing commitments in 2019 but the six-time Australian Open champion said he was contemplating spending a bit more time at home in Switzerland.

Federer told The Australian in 2012: "He wasn't my first coach, but he was my real coach".

When Federer learnt of his coach's death, he ran through the streets "bawling and hysterical".

The Swiss legend thanked his former coach for discovering him as a youngster and credits him with moulding his incomparable technique. "I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent", Federer said while choking back tears.

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

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.

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

He went through a bad moment, most mentally, but he also got better physically as he is back with his historical team.' On Djokovic and his rivals, the Italian said: 'Now Djokovic is the strongest, without any doubt. "Sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I had luck along the way".

Andy Murray is primed for a comeback while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are looking for their seventh Australian Open titles.

Federer expressed his love for the Australian tennis calendar, as there is much that connects him to the country. "I really started to train hard". I have a huge passion for Roger Federer, a great respect for Rafael Nadal and I am interested in the newcomers. 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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