Although the 6-4, 6-2 win over Zverev in the Hopman final reversed a loss to the German in London in November, Federer said he was just one of many challengers in Melbourne.
Thirtysomethings Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic share the Australian Open record with six wins, but either could make history with a magnificent seventh when the first Grand Slam of the year begins in Melbourne on Monday.
The 37-year-old used the Hopman Cup as his launching pad for winning the past two Australian Opens, the first of which in 2017 ended an nearly five-year Grand Slam drought for Federer. "The right coaches at the right time".
"When they talk about my effortless style and technique, I guess".
According to CNN, he later said: "Geez, never broke down like this". Will you be watching the Australian Open?
While Federer was still only learning the game, he said Carter was one of the star players on the team and always put time aside to coach him personally.
When asked what Carter would have thought about Federer winning 20 major titles, the Swiss was overcome with emotion.
Tragically, Carter was in a fatal auto crash while on his honeymoon in South Africa - just one year before Federer won his first title in 2003.
"It's a really nice story", Federer said.
"I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent so I guess it was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away and I really started to train hard", Federer, temperamental prior to his grand slam winning days, continued to CNN Sport.
"Sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I also got lucky along the way".
When Federer learned of Carter's death, he was in a tournament in Toronto.
Federer "left his hotel and ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical", the Australian newspaper reported.
Federer said he is confident to defend his title for the upcoming 2019 Australian Open, which begins January 14.
"In terms of who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I am part of that bunch". "Still happy playing and I've won the last two Australian Open editions so I should be going in there with confidence", he said.
Federer expressed his love for the Australian tennis calendar, as there is much that connects him to the country. Worryingly, he pulled out of the Brisbane International last week with a thigh strain but then played an exhibition in Sydney and insists he will be ready for Melbourne.
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