Federer dominates ATP awards
Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:06
The Swiss star enjoyed a momentous 2009, completing his grand slam collection by winning a first French Open in June to equal Pete Sampras’ world record of 14 majors then surpassing the mark with a sixth Wimbledon title. He also reached the final at the 2009 Australian Open and US Open and regained the world number one spot he had lost to Rafael Nadal.
Federer, 28, won the Player of the Year award for a fifth time, was selected by his fellow players to receive the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a record sixth consecutive year and was voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite for a seventh straight season.
The world number one, who began 2010 by winning the Australian Open last month, said: “It was a great achievement to once again finish the season at number one, especially in a year that was so special for me off the court with my marriage and birth of my daughters.
“It is also very humbling to be awarded the sportsmanship award again by my fellow ATP players, many of whom I have known for a long time.”
In other awards, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan were named ATP World Tour Doubles Team of the Year, 6ft 9in American John Isner was honoured as the Most Improved Player of the Year and Argentinian Horacio Zeballos picked up the Newcomer of the Year gong after climbing into the world’s top 50.