36-year-old Roger Federer became the most decorated person in the awards’ history, as he claimed the Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year Awards in Monaco, making him hold a record six Laureus awards.
The Swiss great recovered from back and knee problems in 2016 to win the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles the following year.
“I didn’t believe I would ever come back to this level,” said Federer. “The year I had was something else.”
Federer beat out Rafael Nadal, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, British distance runner Mo Farah, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton to claim the Sportsman of the Year award
“This means the world to me,” added world number one Federer.
On his Comeback of the Year award, Federer said, “the comebacks are always extremely emotional. Last year was a dream come true.”
Also, women’s great Serena Williams took the World Sportswoman of the Year award after winning her 23rd Grand Slam title in 2017.
The Laureus World Sports Awards highlight sporting excellence and recognise those who use sport to change lives for the better.