Established in 1950, the Swiss Sports Personality of the Year honors the most exceptional athletes from this small but prosperous country that has given brilliant skiers, ski jumpers and one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Roger Federer won the award seven times, starting from 2003 when he claimed the first Wimbledon crown. Federer grabbed the honor in 2004, 2006 and 2007 as well, losing it to Fabian Cancellara, Didier Cuche and Simon Ammann in the next couple of years before returning to the top in 2012 following another Wimbledon title and three Masters 1000 crowns.
The award stood in Roger's hands in 2014 and 2017, holding seven overall and missing the opportunity to add the eighth this year, finishing second behind Christian Stucki. The votes could have been different had Roger converted one of those two match points against Novak Djokovic in the final at Wimbledon but this is another massive honor for the 38-year-old who has finished the season in the top-3 behind Rafael Nadal and Djokovic.
For the second year in a row, Roger claimed four ATP titles this season, lifting three ATP 500 trophies and the Masters 1000 crown in Miami to extend his record as the oldest champion at that level since 1990. After the fourth-round loss at the Australian Open to Stefanos Tsitsipas, Federer won the 100th ATP title in Dubai to become only the second player in the Open era after Jimmy Connors with at least 100 ATP trophies.
Dominic Thiem prevailed over the Swiss in the final at Indian Wells but there were no mistakes for Roger in Miami, toppling John Isner to claim the 28th Masters 1000 title and return into the top-3. Returning to clay for the first time since 2016, Federer was the quarter-finalist in Madrid and Rome and the semi-finalist at Roland Garros, building momentum ahead of Halle where he conquered the tenth crown at one of his favorite tournaments, hoping for more of the same at the All England Club.
As we already said, Roger wasted a colossal chance to lift another Wimbledon title despite winning many more points than Novak, finishing runner-up and losing ground in Cincinnati, the US Open and Shanghai, failing to reach the semis at any of those events.
That all changed in Roger's hometown of Basel, delivering four commanding triumphs for the 103rd ATP title. Competing at the ATP Finals for the 17th time, Federer advanced into the semi-final where Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated him in straight sets to ends another successful season for the Swiss legend.