The ATP Tour has once again awarded Roger Federer the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the fifth consecutive year. He was also chosen as the favorite player for the sixth consecutive year in a poll among fans.>
“It is great to receive two more awards,” Federer said. “It is always important for me to be a good sportsman on the court and give the right example for others to follow and hopefully inspire the next generation. It also means the world to me to be the fans’ favorite player for the sixth year in a row,” Federer said.
Currently standing at world no. 2, Federer recently lost to Rafael Nadal at the 2009 Austrasilan Open. This defeat was followed by another loss to Briton Andy Murray in Indian Wells. He has not won a Masters title since 2007. However, Federer does not desire to analyze these defeats further, opting instead to pay succeeding matches as good as he can.
“You could analyze in a big way but at the same time, it just happens sometimes. Of course I was disappointed at the way the match ended in Australia and also in Indian Wells but it is not the end of the world,” he said. “It doesn’t really play on my mind a whole lot because I go out there and try to play every point as tough as I can.”
Aside from this award, the Swiss player was also included by Times Magazine in its list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2007.