Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber cautious on new Australian Open tie-break rule

Angelique Kerber

Roger Federer cried and then apologized during an interview with CNN this week.

When asked what Carter would have thought to see Federer now with 20 Grand Slams, struggling to maintain his composure, Federer added: "I hope he would be proud".

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.

Zverev is coached by the eight-time Grand Slam winning great Ivan Lendl. I was able to have coaching lessons with him.

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

"I've been incredibly fortunate to having had the right people at the right time", he said in the interview with CNN.

"Peter was a really important person in my life".

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Federer will be out to win Grand Slam No 20 but will face a battle to do so with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all set to compete.

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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. "I mean, sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I was also lucky along the way", he said.

Federer seems to thrive at the start of the year and begins his campaign on the back of winning the Hopman Cup.

And Cilic, who pushed Federer all the way in the final previous year, heads into the tournament after pulling out of a warm-up event in India last week with an injured knee.

Like Federer, Djokovic has seen enormous success at the Australian Open throughout his career.

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

"Am I confident, I don't know", he said. "Still happy playing and I've won the last two Australian Open editions so I should be going in there with confidence", he told CNN. 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.

"I like physical matches and if you come here to Australia you have be really fit".

"I have a friend there, a Brazilian fig tree, that I like to climb and I like to connect with so that's probably my favourite thing to do".

They used to call each other and say "I have this really special kid I'm training", he said.

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