Roger Federer's emotional interview - 'Never broke down like this'

Roger Federer of Switzerland watches the women's singles match between Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Maria Sakkari of Greece during day six of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena

"It means a lot always and if I don't have any significant meaning to what I'm doing I wouldn't be doing it", Djokovic said.

The Federer camp hasn't made detailed plans about playing commitments in 2019 but the six-time Australian Open champion said he was contemplating spending a bit more time at home in Switzerland.

In an interview to Credit Suisse, Roger Federer commented on what he will do in ten years, when he will turn 48, in 2019, and the reportedly estimated $300 million Uniqlo contract will have ended from one year.

"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. If I can say thank you for my technique today it's to Peter".

He also bagged the 2017 Wimbledon crown in between for good measure, and the 37-year-old world number three will take his all-time record Grand Slam tally to 21 if he can summon up the spirit that propelled him to an epic, emotional five-set final win over Marin Cilic last year.

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Federer will look to defend his Australian Open title when he begins his campaign later this week.

Speaking to CNN, Federer broke down in tears remembering the Australian coach who had such an impact on his life and career.

Learning of Carter's death whilst playing at the 2002 Canadian Masters in Toronto, Federer was reputedly said to be "never so upset in his life".

"I don't know the draw yet, I don't know who my first round opponent is, I don't know if I play on Monday or day or night".

"Peter was a really important person in my life". According to The Australian, Federer "left his hotel and ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical" upon hearing the tragic news. I think what I would like to say is that I've been incredibly fortunate to have the right people at the right time, the right coaches.

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Carter died at 37 in 2002 in a vehicle accident while honeymooning in South Africa-just a week before Federer's 21st birthday, and a year before Federer won his first grand slam. "I really started to train hard".

"Darren would say the same from Adelaide and then we played each other when we were 14, 16, 18, 20 and then the whole career".

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

While a third said: "One of many reasons why I love this guy, those emotions make him so very special to show them so openly you can't help but cry with him". 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.

"Melbourne will be the same I think".

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