Five men to watch at the Australian Open

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Carter coached Federer as a youngster but died in a auto crash in 2002 - meaning he never saw Federer win a Grand Slam title.

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. 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.

"I love the Botanical Gardens and I love nature and I love to spend time daily there if I can", Djokovic said at a sponsor's event in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Federer added: "Peter was really a really important person in my life because I think if I can say thank you for my technique today, it's to Peter".

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".

Federer "left his hotel and ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical", the Australian newspaper reported.

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

Star players Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber have cautiously welcomed new tie-break rules for the deciding set at the Australian Open.

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In 2019, he'll look to defend his 2018 Australian Open victory, saying Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic is the man to beat. "Sure, I make those decisions but I've been lucky along the way".

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.

That moment sparked a late-career resurgence including back-to-back Australian Open titles.

"They used to call each other and say "I have this really special kid I'm training" and Darren would say the same [about Hewitt] from Adelaide".

"In terms of who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I am part of that bunch".

Till a year ago, the Australian Open had a traditional full set in all of its set but from this edition, the decisive set will have a tie-break.

"I love playing Australia, love playing in Melbourne".

"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. The legends that I admire from that country, the coaches that I've had have been incredibly inspirational and important to me in my life".