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Roger Federer wins 2017 BBC Overseas Sports Personality award for record fourth time

Roger Federer - BBC Overseas Sports Personality
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017
Date: Sunday, 17 December Time: 18:45 GMT Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool Coverage: BBC One, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website

Tennis star Roger Federer has won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year for a record fourth time after a public vote.

The 36-year-old Swiss topped the poll ahead of five other shortlisted nominees.

Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles in 2017.

Boxer Muhammad Ali and athlete Usain Bolt are the only other people to have won the BBC award three times.

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

“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.”

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He was shortlisted by an expert panel this year alongside Tom Brady (American football), Katie Ledecky (swimming), Tatyana McFadden (Para-athletics), Sally Pearson (athletics) and Michael van Gerwen (darts).

At 35, victory over Croatia’s Marin Cilic made Federer the oldest man in the Open era to claim the Wimbledon singles title.

Earlier in the year, he returned from six months off to recover from a knee injury and won the Australian Open with a five-sets victory in the Melbourne final over old rival Rafael Nadal.

The overseas award will be part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony which takes place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Sunday and is broadcast live on BBC One from 18:45 GMT.

A year in stats

Roger Federer in 2017: Wins 52, losses 5<!–<!–[if lte IE 8]><![endif]–>
  • Titles: 7
  • Grand Slams: 2
  • Aces served: 550
  • Service games won: 91%
  • First serve points won: 80%
Recent Overseas Personality winners
2017: Roger Federer (tennis)2010: Rafael Nadal (tennis)
2016: Simone Biles (gymnastics)2009: Usain Bolt (athletics)
2015: Dan Carter (rugby union)2008: Usain Bolt (athletics)
2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (football)2007: Roger Federer (tennis)
2013: Sebastian Vettel (Formula 1)2006: Roger Federer (tennis)
2012: Usain Bolt (athletics)2005: Shane Warne (cricket)
2011: Novak Djokovic (tennis)2004: Roger Federer (tennis)

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