Federer continues to break records
Roger Federer has won the Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award for a record fourth time after a public vote.
Behind Federer athlete Usain Bolt, who bowed out of international athletics at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 in August, and boxer Muhammad Ali are the only other sports stars who have won the accolade three times. In winning the award, Federer beat NFL quarterback Tom Brady, swimmer Katie Ledecky, Paralympian Tatyana McFadden, hurdler Sally Pearson and darts star Michael van Gerwen.
Earlier in the year Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times, which saw his Grand Slam record extend to 19 titles. At 35 Federer is also currently the oldest man in the Open era to win the Wimbledon Men’s single title.
Upon learning he was a four-time Overseas Sports Personality of the Year winner, Federer expressed how proud he was to be chosen by the UK public adding, “The support that the UK crowds give me whenever I’m here is amazing, and to be recognised on the shortlist alongside some of the greatest sportspeople of all time is extremely humbling.”
Following six months off at the start of 2017 due to injury, Federer returned to the international circuit to win the Australian Open with a five-set victory over old rival Rafael Nadal, as well as the Wimbledon Men’s singles title. This year has also seen Nadal make a phenomenal comeback having spent the latter part of 2016 plagued by injury. Whilst Federer won in Melbourne and London, Nadal fought back to claim the French and US Open title and in doing so end the year as world number one.
Whilst commentators had written off the pair at the beginning of the year it looks like both veterans will be looking to continue this incredible form in 2018.
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