Tennis

Federer first to win BBC sports award four times

Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles.

The Swiss, 36, returned from six months out with knee trouble to win the Australian Open before picking up a record eighth Wimbledon crown.

He ended the season with a 52-5 record, ranked world No. 2 behind his great rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer previously won the award, which is voted for by the public, in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times.

"It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen me as the BBC overseas sports personality of the year for 2017," said Federer.

"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 overcame competition from American football quarterback Tom Brady, swimmer Katie Ledecky, para-athlete Tatyana McFadden, athlete Sally Pearson and darts player Michael van Gerwen.

Federer and the other award winners will be honoured during Sunday's BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool.

The 19-time Grand Slam winner also told Swiss broadcaster SFR that next year would not be his last season in tennis, although he won't be packing his playing schedule.

He said: "I intend to continue to play for a longer period, hopefully for a few more years.

"Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open are cornerstones, everything which lies between, we'll take it from there.

"I'll only step on court if I'm 100 per cent fit." - WIRE SERVICES

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