Roger Federer has been crowned Sportsman of the Year at the Laureus awards in recognition of his return to the top of tennis.
Federer won at Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2017, his first major titles since a serious knee injury and surgery which ruled him out for six months.
The Swiss icon won in Australia again this year, becoming the first man to reach the milestone of 20 Grand Slam singles titles and has reclaimed the world number one spot at the age of 36.
He also picked up the prize for Comeback of the Year at a ceremony in Monaco taking his total number of Laureus awards to six.
‘Last year was something else,’ said Federer as he collected his Comeback award. ‘It was a dream come true and I want to thank all the people who got me back, my doctor who did the operation, my physio and my fitness coach.’
Serena Williams was named Sportswoman of the Year for 2017 when she won in Australia, her 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
Originally published at Daily Mail