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

Roger Federer greeted fans in Melbourne on Wednesday

Roger Federer greeted fans in Melbourne on Wednesday

Speaking at the Hopman Cup in Perth this week, Federer - who said he had been asked for his opinion on the change by tournament officials - admitted marathon final sets would be missed by some.

Roger Federer has broken down while paying tribute to the deceased Australian coach who he credits with forging the playing technique that took him to 20 grand slam titles. I have played so much tennis throughout my life having faced hard moments and injuries and travelling was really an incredible life school so I hope it's gonna help me a lot to participate, to stay calm, to be good under pressure.

Odds are instead in favour of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, victor of the last two Grand Slam tournaments and a six-time Australian Open champion.

"I've been incredibly fortunate to have the people at the right time, the right coaches at the right time".

Novak Djokovic isn't looking to pop champagne or to attend lavish parties if he wins another Australian Open.

After candidly talking about growing up playing tennis in Switzerland, the 37-year-old lost his composure when the conversation shifted to his former coach Peter Carter's impact on his technique and life.

"I've been training really well....still happy playing, and I won the last two Australian open editions, so yeah i definitely should be going in there with confidence", added Federer.

Carter died at 37 in 2002 in a auto accident while honeymooning in South Africa-just a week before Federer's 21st birthday, and a year before Federer won his first grand slam.

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While many would say the tennis star is a natural talent, Federer himself claimed he's had a lot of luck along the way, especially with his coaches, such as Carter. I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent. "I mean, sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I was also lucky along the way", he said.

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

Federer will look to win a third consecutive Australian Open at Melbourne Park at the end of January.

And the Australian tennis calendar, the country's athletes, and the sporting culture as a whole continue to leave an indelible mark in Federer's character.

"Am I confident, I don't know", he said. I feel good. I've been training really well.

He has remained high atop the men's singles rankings throughout the past two years and he is one of OUR FAVORITES at the upcoming Australian Open.

"Melbourne will be the same I think".

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