Roger Federer awarded BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year
Roger Federer awarded BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. In the public vote, the 36-year- old Swiss came out ahead of five other nominees in what was a glorious year following time away in 2016 due to injury. Legend of the sport, Federer extended his Grand Slams tally to 19 with titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. In the way, he became the first man to win eight Wimbledon trophies after beating Croatia’s Marin Cilic in a one-sided final. Earlier in the year, he had beaten long-time rival Rafael Nadal at Melbourne in an epic five-setter.
The other legends to have won the honour multiple times and stand closest to Federer is boxer Muhammad Ali and athlete Usain Bolt – both winning three BBC awards.
The expert panel had shortlisted Federer alongside Tom Brady (American football), Katie Ledecky (swimming), Tatyana McFadden (Para-athletics), Sally Pearson (athletics) and Michael van Gerwen (darts). The BBC Overseas Award will be part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony which takes place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on 17/12/2018.
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