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.
Federer not only attributes his unique method to coaching under the Adelaide-born Carter, but also his career and success; winning Wimbledon in 2003 before going on to achieve a record 20 Grand Slam titles.
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".
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".
"I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent so... it was somewhat of a wake-up call when he passed away and I really started to train hard".
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". "The right coaches at the right time". According to The Australian, Federer "left his hotel and ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical" upon hearing the tragic news.
Even though Federer has spent only two weeks at home since August, the 37-year-old said being on tour now in the "back end", of his career was his most enjoyable period.
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Federer hasn't lost a match at the Aussie Open since his 2016 semi-final defeat to Djokovic and is going for a third successive title and record seventh in all.
"I do get emotional watching movies sometimes but I did not know I had this happy cry as we call it in our family, not just when you are winning, but the kiddies", the Basel native said.
"It's a really nice story. Sure you could argue I made those decisions, but I had luck along the way". But still I have a lot of things to improve.
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. 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.
Federer expressed his love for the Australian tennis calendar, as there is much that connects him to the country.
The Swiss legend thanked his former coach for discovering him as a youngster and credits him with moulding his incomparable technique.