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Australian Open 2019: Roger Federer speaks out about fifth set rule change

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Cary Erickson | 09 January, 2019, 20:28

The 20-time Grand Slam victor was speaking to CNN about the Australian coach, Peter Carter, who was so influential in his formative years.

"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".

Federer reminisced how Carter waltzed into his life when he was a nine-year-old playing at Old Boys Tennis Club in Basel, Switzerland, in the 1990's.

The tear-jerking interview, which has been shared across social media has gained a lot of attention from Federer's fans, who praised to talented player for his respect for his former coach.

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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".

Speaking to CNN Sport, Federer said that Carter's sudden death turned out to be a wake-up call for him.

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He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today a very good match. He is very young, he has the future.

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

"When it first happened, I believe it was in the Davis Cup in Basel when I played an incredible weekend against the Americans (in 2001) and of course when I won Wimbledon, the emotions were so, so strong".

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While Federer was still only learning the game, he said Carter was one of the star players on the team and always put time aside to coach him personally.

Carter coached Federer throughout his formative years until he died while on honeymoon in 2002. According to The Australian, Federer "left his hotel and ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical" upon hearing the tragic news. "We played each other at 14, 16, 20 years old, and who knew we'd be Wimbledon champions and world number ones". "I made those decisions, but I've been lucky along the way". "If I can say thank you for my technique today it's to Peter". The Australian Open will have a fifth set tie-breaker at 6-6; the Wimbledon will have a fifth set tie-breaker at 12-12; the French Open will have no tie-breaker while the US Open will have a traditional fifth set tie-breaker.

"Am I confident, I don't know", he said. "I really started to train hard". I've had another great year. "The legends that I admire, the coaches that I've had in Tony Roche and Peter Carter - they've been incredibly inspirational and important to me in my life". Williams is also playing in her first Australian Open since winning it in 2017.