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27 February 2018 News Sports

LAUREUS SPORTS AWARDS 2018

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Roger Federer wins Sportsman and Comeback of the Year at Laureus Awards

Roger Federer was the big winner at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards on Tuesday night, picking up the Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year awards at the ceremony in Monaco.

The Swiss tennis icon, who reclaimed the world No 1 ranking after overcoming a serious knee injury and winning his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last month, fought off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal to land the Sportsman of the Year award.

Federer's awards were his fifth and sixth since the Laureus Awards began in 2000, making him the most decorated winner in its history.

" This is a very special moment for me," Federer said. "Everyone knows how highly I value my Laureus Awards, so to win another would have been wonderful, but to win two is a truly unique honour. And so unexpected.

"I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for all their support. It was an unforgettable year for me, to come back after a very difficult 2016 and these Awards just make it even more memorable.

"When I won my first Laureus Award back in 2005, if you had said I would have ended up winning six I would not have believed you. It's been an amazing ride."

Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year award, with Sergio Garcia claiming the Breakthrough award after his Masters success in April.

Other winners included football legend Francesco Totti, who claimed the Academy Exceptional Achievement Award for his services to Roma and Italy, and former track athlete Edwin Moses, who won the Lifetime Achievement award.

Swiss triple-world champion wheelchair racer Marcel Hug won the Disability award, while the Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year award went to Chapecoense, the Brazilian football club hit by an air disaster in 2016.

Elsewhere, Mercedes-AMG Petronas picked up the Team of the Year award for winning the Formula One constructor's Championship in 2017.

MONACO GVS

LAUREUS AWARDS B-ROLL

RED CARPET ARRIVALS

RED CARPET VOX-POPS

SHOW OPENING WITH CUMBERBATCH

AWARD SEQUENCE

SPORTSMAN – ROGER FEDERER

COMEBACK – ROGER FEDERER

TEAM - MERCEDES-AMG

BREAKTHROUGH – GARCIA

SPORTING MOMENT -

DISABILITY - HUG

ACTION – LE CLÉAC’H

SPORT FOR GOOD – ACTIVE COMMUNITIES (UK)

LIFETIME – EDWIN MOSES

EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT – TOTTI

SPORTING INSPIRATION – J.J. WATT

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27 February 2018