Roger Federer breaks record after being named BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year | Tennis | Sport

The 36-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2017 in which he returned to the top of the game, winning two Grand Slams at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

His triumph at SW19 was his eighth title at Wimbledon, becoming the first man to lift the famous trophy aloft.

He was unable to beat Rafael Nadal in the world rankings, finishing just behind the Spaniard.

But Federer’s achievements at his age, having dealt with multiple back issues over the last couple of years, shocked the world of tennis and he has been rewarded with a record fourth BBC Overseas Sports Personality.

The tennis legend was level with Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt on three wins prior to the announcement.

And Federer couldn’t hide his pride after learning that the UK audience had once again chosen him as the BBC Overseas Personality of the Year.

“It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen me as the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year,” he said.

“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.”

He was up against five other athletes from across the globe which included Tom Brady (American football), Katie Ledecky (swimming), Tatyana McFadden (Para-athletics), Sally Pearson (athletics) and Michael van Gerwen (darts).

 

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