However, Peter Carter suffered a fatal auto crash while he was on his honeymoon, and could never witness Federer touch the zenith of the sport.
Zverev won the biggest crown of his career when he overpowered Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals previous year, but questions remain over whether this new kid on the block can dismantle the dominance of the big four - Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
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. "I mean, I sincerely wish him that".
"The beginning of previous year started so well, so I'm hopeful that it can happen again", Federer said. "So Peter was a really important person in my life because I think if I can say thanks for my technique today it's for Peter", added Federer.
"Geez, never broke down like this." said Federer.
"I played super well in Australia again".
"I think what I would like to say is that I've been incredibly fortunate to having had the right people at the right time".
Federer "left his hotel and ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical", the Australian newspaper reported.
"The amusing thing is we have four different formats in four Slams, so it is important to remind yourself what's going on and which one it is", said Federer.
Turning 37 on August 8 - one day before what would have been Carter's 53rd birthday - Federer remains close to Carter's family and his parents usually occupy his player's box in Melbourne for the Australian Open.
Federer will be aiming for a third successive Australian Open and looked in impressive touch in claiming a second Hopman Cup, winning all four of his singles matches as he prepared for the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne later this month.
Federer told The Australian in 2012: "He wasn't my first coach, but he was my real coach".
"In terms of who is going to win it, we know who the usual suspects are and I am part of that bunch". "And I really started to train hard".
"I guess he didn't want me to be a wasted talent", Federer said while choking back tears. "I feel good... I've been training really well".
"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". Players around the entire ATP Tour and WTA Tour are gearing up for the action and getting in their final reps at tournaments leading up to it. Federer is a two-time defending champion at Melbourne Park.