Laureus awards: Roger Federer named world sportsman of the year

Roger Federer has been crowned Sportsman of the Year at the star-studded Laureus awards held in Monaco in recognition of his return to the top of tennis.

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He also picked up the prize for Comeback of the Year taking his total number of Laureus awards to six.

Federer, 36, beat competition from Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo and three British nominees: Hamilton, Mo Farah and Chris Froome.

‘This is a very special moment for me,’ said Federer, who also paid tribute to his great rival Rafael Nadal. ‘Rafa had a great year too. We had a great battle. Because of a guy like him I am a better player and he could be standing here with this award. He’s an incredible player, friend and athlete.

‘It’s a privilege to take this award. Everyone knows how highly I value my Laureus Awards, so to win another would have been wonderful but to win two is a truly unique honour. And so unexpected. I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for all their support.

‘It was an unforgettable year for me, to come back after a very difficult 2016, and these Awards just make it even more memorable. When I won my first Laureus Award back in 2005, if you had said I would have ended up winning six I would not have believed you. It’s been an amazing ride.’

American Serena Williams took the World Sportswoman of the Year award after winning last year’s Aussie Open –her 23rd grand slam title.  Formula 1 constructors’ champions Mercedes picked up the Team of the Year accolade, and wheelchair athlete Marcel Hug won Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.

Other winners on the night were Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia who secured the Breakthrough prize following his maiden major win at the 2017 Masters, while recently-retired Roma captain Francesco Totti clinched the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement award.  Brazilian football club Chapecoense took the Best Sporting Moment of the Year accolade for their response in adversity following the tragic plane crash that took the lives of majority of their team.

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