Federer BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

Roger Federer wins BBC Overseas Personlaity of the year for the 4th time - InsideSport

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. 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).

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

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

The vote was carried out on the BBC Sport website.

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 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Sunday. The event will be broadcast live on BBC One.

This award is given to the overseas sportsperson whose actions have most captured the UK public’s imagination during 2017. The award is not open to those sportspeople who qualify for the main BBC Sports Personality of the Year award under its qualification criteria.