Roger Federer breaks down as he remembers his first tennis coach

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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.

"The beginning of a year ago started so well, so I'm hopeful that it can happen again", Federer said.

Federer's arrival in Melbourne after playing in the Hopman Cup came after CNN published an interview where the champion broke down when discussing one of his junior coaches, Australian Peter Carter, who died in a auto accident while on honeymoon in South Africa in 2002.

Among the other Slams, Wimbledon will use final set tie-breaks at 12-12 starting from 2019, the US Open plays a traditional tie-break at 6-6 and the French Open does not use a final set tie-break. "The right coaches at the right time".

'He didn't want me to be a wasted talent.

Federer learned of Carter's death while competing at the Canadian Masters in Toronto and according to 'The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection, ' the book penned by Swiss tennis journalist Rene Stauffer, "he was never so upset in his life".

Carter, who personally coached Federer when he was just learning the game, was credited with having discovered him as a kid.

When asked what he thought Carter would think about him now owning 20 grand slam titles, Federer couldn't contain his emotions.

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Federer will look to defend his Australian Open title when he begins his campaign later this 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. "Sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I had luck along the way".

The Australian newspaper reported he left his hotel and "ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical".

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

"Am I confident, I don't know", he said.

"It's hard to just say 'Yeah, no big deal.' It is a big deal for me because I really don't take it for granted, this career". I've had another great season this year, still happy playing and I won the last two Australian Open editions so I definitely should be going in there with confidence. Worryingly, he pulled out of the Brisbane International last week with a thigh strain but then played an exhibition in Sydney and insists he will be ready for Melbourne.

Till previous year, 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.

Federer expressed his love for the Australian tennis calendar, as there is much that connects him to the country.