Roger Federer wins 2017 BBC Overseas Sports Personality award for record fourth time

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.

Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles in 2017.

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

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

“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.”

Recent Overseas Personality winners
2017: Roger Federer (tennis) 2010: Rafael Nadal (tennis)
2016: Simone Biles (gymnastics) 2009: Usain Bolt (athletics)
2015: Dan Carter (rugby union) 2008: Usain Bolt (athletics)
2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (football) 2007: Roger Federer (tennis)
2013: Sebastian Vettel (Formula 1) 2006: Roger Federer (tennis)
2012: Usain Bolt (athletics) 2005: Shane Warne (cricket)
2011: Novak Djokovic (tennis) 2004: Roger Federer (tennis)

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