“Was Destroyed”: Olympic Gold Medallist Reveals How Roger Federer Was Affected By A Tragic Incident

Published 11/08/2020, 5:00 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland looks dejected during his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during Day Seven of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


Life is a bitter-sweet mixture of ups and downs. However, in sports, while the ups can feel really great, the downs are dreadfully tough. Recently, the tennis great Marc Rosset talked about the Swiss maestro’s rough time in life. Roger Federer, who is always positive with his bright smile, has also gone through utter pain.

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A 20 times Grand Slam winner and holder of countless other records, Roger Federer couldn’t have done it all alone. The 39 years old’s first and foremost coach Peter Cater played a huge role in shaping his career. Peter, also a tennis player in his time, died in a car accident in 2002.

Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hold their trophies as they walk off Centre Court after the Men’s Singles Final during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 14, 2019 in London, England.

“I saw how much Roger Federer suffered”: Marc Rosset

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On his journey towards becoming the most renowned tennis player, Roger stood in front of his deceased friend. Such situations are the hardest truths to accept.

Marc Rosset believes in fate as much as he believes in learning from experience. While talking about such unbearable days, he said, “I’m not the only one who knows such tragic experiences. For example, I was at the funeral of Federer coach Peter Carter and saw how much Roger suffered – – he was destroyed.”

Certain things cannot be mended; once they are gone, they are gone forever. However, it is only in the hope of a better future that one must carry on. The Swiss native will always be indebted to Carter for his contribution to his life.

Roger Federer during a match against Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Federer and Rosset visited Carter’s parents

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Coming to terms with life is not easy after a devastating tragedy, but it becomes easier with support. Even though it isn’t required at all times, there are times when one cannot live without a helping hand. Marc Rosset remembered an occasion where he supported his friend and compatriot.

Marc said, “You can only be there when you are needed. When Roger was in Melbourne for the Davis Cup, he wanted to visit Carter’s parents. I went with him to be there for him – that’s normal among friends.”

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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