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The tennis legend praised his longtime rival Rafael Nadal while receiving the award

The tennis legend praised his longtime rival Rafael Nadal while receiving the award

The Swiss ace was honoured with the awards in a ceremony held at Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. "It's been an fantastic ride", he said.

Roger Federer has been crowned Sportsman of the Year at the Laureus awards in recognition of his return to the top of tennis.

New world number one Roger Federer believes that last year's US Open "unlocked" something in big-serving South African tennis star Kevin Anderson. We had a great battle and it's because of a guy like him, I think I'm a better player. He had an unbelievale year himself.

Serena Williams, who has won the World Sportswoman of the Year yet again, has a total of five Laureus trophies.

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Federer expanded on his relationship with Nadal at a news conference after the event, adding: "All the matches that you've played against one another, they sort of connect you to some extent. He's an incredible player, incredible friend, an incredible athlete".

Federer won his fifth and sixth Laureus statuettes to become the most decorated victor in the awards' history.

Federer, who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon, was awarded the Comeback of the Year for his extraordinary success after recovering from knee injury.

The 36-year-old was also crowned sportsman of the year edging out Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal taking Federer's awards tally to fifth and sixth in those catergories, making him one of the most decorated winners since the Laureus Awards began in 2000.

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Among the other awards presented there were exceptional achievement awards for recently retired Italian footballer Francesco Totti in respect of his 22-year career at Roma. This was her fourth win at the Laureus having previously claimed the award in 2003, 2010 and 2016.

With five Laureus statuettes in hand, Williams, is now the most decorated female Laureus Awards victor.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt received the Laureus Sporting Inspiration Award for his incredible fundraising efforts after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, while American Olympic legend and Laureus Academy Member Edwin Moses received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.

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