Roger Federer once again walked away a winner last night at the Laureus Awards show in Monaco.
The 36-year-old took home the Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year honors, giving him a total of six Laureus awards during his career.
“This is a very special moment for me,” Federer said. “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 honor. 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.”
Federer gave a shout out to rival Rafael Nadal who he beat for the Sportsman award. “To my rival Rafa, I wanted to just give a shoutout to him.
“He had an unbelievable year himself. We had a great battle and it’s because of a guy like him, I feel like I’ve become a better player as well.
“He could very well be here as well and standing here with this award. He’s an incredible player, incredible friend, an incredible athlete.”
Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year Award following her Australian Open success, her 23rd Grand Slam title. Serena, who also gave birth to her first child in 2017, is now the most decorated female Laureus Award winner with five Laureus statuettes.
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