Federer picks up pair of awards

Roger Federer was a double winner at the ATP World Tour Awards to take his career tally to 22.

Roger Federer was a double winner at the ATP World Tour Awards to take his career tally to 22.

The ever-popular 30-year-old was named fans’ favourite for the ninth successive season while he picked up the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, voted for by his fellow players, for the seventh time in eight years.

Federer told www.atpworldtour.com: “One of the reasons why I play this wonderful sport is for my fans so I would like to thank them once again for their continued support. It really is so amazing and means the world to me.

“It’s also gratifying to be recognised by my fellow players for exhibiting fair play on and off the court. The award is named after Stefan Edberg, one of my childhood idols, so it is even more special.”

Novak Djokovic collected the award for finishing the year ranked number one for the first time while Rafael Nadal won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charitable efforts with the Rafa Nadal Foundation.

The trio will be presented with their awards on court at the O2 Arena during this week’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Other winners included former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, who was named comeback player of the year after battling back from a serious wrist injury, while Canada’s Milos Raonic picked up the accolade for newcomer of the year and American Alex Bogomolov Jr was voted most improved player.

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