"I played super well in Australia again".
The Swiss legend thanked his former coach for discovering him as a youngster and credits him with moulding his incomparable technique.
This is because one of Federer's earliest coaches was Peter Carter, who was "incredible, inspirational, and important" in his life.
Over the course of his career Federer has racked up an impressive 20 grand slams, including a record eight Wimbledon titles, a joint-record six Australian Open titles, a record five consecutive US Open titles and one French Open title. A year later Federer fulfilled the predictions of most who had witnessed his precocious talent and won his first grand slam at Wimbledon.
Federer broke down speaking about his former coach. "I was able to, you know, have coaching lessons with him".
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". "He didn't want me to be a wasted talent". I guess it was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away.
When asked if there was anything further he'd like to say about Carter in view of his life now, he replied: "I think, what I'd like to say is that, I've been incredibly fortunate in having had the right people at the right time; the right coaches at the right time".
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When Federer learned of Carter's death, he was in a tournament in Toronto.
The Australian newspaper reported he left his hotel and "ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical".
"The amusing thing is we have four different formats in four Slams, so it is important to remind yourself what's going on and which one it is", said Federer.
"Peter Carter had the biggest impact on me in terms of my technique".
He went through a bad moment, most mentally, but he also got better physically as he is back with his historical team.' On Djokovic and his rivals, the Italian said: 'Now Djokovic is the strongest, without any doubt. It doesn't matter if that person is famous or not famous.
"We're just trying to work through the schedule which is why I haven't made a decision yet on the clay court season, and the beginning of the grass court season". They got on very well.
Whilst seeking to win a third successive Australian Open title in Melbourne next week, two-time defender Federer is not favourite to win, however.
"Melbourne will be the same I think".