For the eighth time in his career, Roger Federer prevailed in the Best Male Tennis Player category for ESPY Awards. The award ceremony took place on Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, the Swiss could not be there as he is currently in Europe but he feels definitely honored for this recognition. Federer was chosen over Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic.
This year the 36-year-old won his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open beating Cilic in the final, while Nadal won French Open again. Federer also won the Best Record-Breaking Performance Award, the other nominees were Tom Brady, Diana Taurasi and Aaron Judge. Earlier this year in February, Federer attended the Laureus Awards ceremony in Monte Carlo, he won there as well.
Last time that Federer was named the best player in his sport at ESPY, it was in 2009-2010.
On the women's side, the US Open defending champion Sloane Stephens won the Best Female Player of the Year Award. Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza were her "rivals". Unlike Federer, Stephens attended the ceremony. She succeeds her compatriot Serena Williams in the winners' list. Serena won it nine times. 'Going to the awards show and I think just a nomination with three other athletes is pretty incredible. It doesn’t matter what I’m even up for, I think it’s just super awesome to get a nomination and just be acknowledged for everything that you’ve done in your own sport and all of your accomplishments,' Stephens told Madame Noire.