Roger Federer, who has started his 2019 season in flawless fashion, had an emotional interview with CNN, as he spoke about the man who made him who is. Roger Federer, who won the Hopman Cup earlier this month alongside Belinda Bencic, is looking in prime form ahead of the first slam of the year.
“Am i confident? I dont know…I feel good!”, said Roger Federer. “I’ve been training really well….still happy playing, and I won the last two Australian open editions, so yeah i definitely should be going in there with confidence”, added Federer.
“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… Tony and Peter Carter have been incredibly inspirational and important to me in my life.”
Peter Carter was the one who discovered Roger Federer in the city of Basel, and made him into the player that he his today.”Its actually a really nice story, he actually came to play club tennis, in my club back in Basel- the Old boys tennis club…when I was little..you know he was also one of the star players on the team…I was able to have coaching lessons from him and he was from Adelaide.”
Darren Cahill(Simona Halep’s coach) was a friend of Carter and he went on to mentor Lleyton Hewitt, while Carter took charge of Roger Federer. “They used to call each other and say ‘I got this really special kid I’m training and Daren would say the same from Adelaide”, said Roger Federer.
However, Peter Carter suffered a fatal car crash while he was on his honeymoon, and could never witness Federer touch the zenith of the sport. Roger Federer breaks down during the interview when he is asked about how Carter would have felt seeing him today.
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