After winning his quaretr final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, world no. 2 Roger Federer spoke about the impact that his first coach Peter Carter had on him and his game. Carter died in a car crash in 2002 in South Africa while on a holiday.
Federer commented, "Work ethic was very important for Australians, so I think I profited a lot from that and early on for me Peter Carter was a very important man just overall for my character. He taught me respect for each person.
It doesn't matter if that person is famous or not famous. He just taught me the right values, so did my parents. They got on very well. We were very close to Peter, all of us." "Obviously Peter Carter knew me for a long, long time, since maybe I was 10 years old or so.
So he helped me out from 10 to 14 and then from 16 to 20 again, so he's marked my character and my playing style, technique and tactics, all that stuff, in a big way." "(Early on) I only had a choice to have a slice because I was too weak to come over it almost.
But Peter fiddled around with my serve, he fiddled around with my forehand and my backhand. I did have another coach as well early on, but Peter had the most impact in terms of technique overall. Obviously he was the first also to talk to me about Australia really, as such, and then Tony Roche obviously had a big influence as well on me."