Federer visits Rottnest Island, takes selfie with quokka

Sport360 staff 28/12/2017

Roger Federer is in Perth ready to start the new season at the 2018 Hopman Cup, but before he takes to the court down under, the legendary 19-time Grand Slam champion has been soaking up the sights.

On Thursday, the Swiss took in the famed Rottnest Island and Parakeet Bay, where he met fans, had time for a BBQ and even took a selfie with a quokka.

In the gallery above, we look back at the highlights from Federer's first day in Western Australia.

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Federer has previously won the award in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles.

The Swiss, 36, returned from six months out with knee and back trouble to win the Australian Open before picking up a record eighth Wimbledon crown and ended the season with a 52-5 record, ranked world number two behind his great rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer previously won the award, which is voted for by the public, in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times.

“It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen me as the BBC overseas sports personality of the year for 2017,” said Federer.

Federer won the Australian Open and the Wimbledown crown in 2017.

Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017.

“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 sports people of all time is extremely humbling.”

He overcame competition from American football quarterback Tom Brady, swimmer Katie Ledecky, para-athlete Tatyana McFadden, athlete Sally Pearson, and darts player Michael van Gerwen.

Federer and the other award winners will be honoured during Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool.

Ever the fan favourite, Federer has scooped numerous awards for his stunning 2017 season. Here’s a look at the others he’s received…

ATPWORLDTOUR.COM FANS’ FAVOURITE

Fans voted for Federer to win this award for a 15th consecutive year. Just like the man they adore, Federer fans are perennial winners.

ATP STEFAN EDBERG SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Another award usually claimed by Federer, this is the 13th time and seventh year in a row that he has been recognised with the Sportsmanship Award – he also won it six straight years from 2004 to 2009. Juan Martin del Potro looked like shoo-in for this one when he helped an injured and weeping Nicolas Almagro on court during their French Open match in May, but it was Federer who took the honour once again.

ATP COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This is the first time Federer has won this award, and like they say, there’s always a first time for everything.

“The Comeback Player of the Year obviously is very special because it has felt like a big massive comeback for me after missing seven, eight months of the season, even if this one I feel I share a lot with the other players,” Federer was quoted as saying by Atpworldtour.com.

“Everyone who had a comeback has worked extremely hard, is happy to be back and healthy. Rafa also ranks supreme to me because not only did he come back, but he finished the year world No. 1, so there’s an asterisk for me. I’m happy to get it, but I feel like also other players deserve it.”

CREDIT SUISSE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

Federer was named Switzerland’s Sportsman of the Year at the Credit Suisse Sports Awards. While it was a no-brainer for those who voted for him, his children had other thoughts it seems.

“My children said to me, ‘Why are you maybe going to get a prize tonight? It’s Rafa who is number one’,” Federer revealed after he won the award.

SIGN OF THE YEAR

Federer was named ‘Sign of the Year’ by the Swiss Deaf Association earlier this month. Here’s how the 36-year-old showed his appreciation for that honour.

NOMINATIONS

GQ MOST STYLISH MAN OF 2017

Federer was named GQ’s Most Stylish Man in 2016, and he is going for the double. The Swiss has edged out Edgar Ramirez in the first round of voting and is now up against former US president Barack Obama. Federer currently has 94 per cent of the votes in his voting showdown against Obama.

LAUREUS BEST SPORTING MOMENT OF THE YEAR

Federer is nominated in this category alongside Rafael Nadal for their doubles match at Laver Cup. Federer won the Laures Sportsman of the Year award four times in a row from 2005 to 2008.

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World No.2 Federer has reached the last four.

Juan Martin del Potro could be forced out of his Shanghai Masters semi-final on Saturday against Roger Federer after the Argentine suffered a wrist injury in an awkward fall on court.

In the other last-four showdown Rafael Nadal will play Marin Cilic after the red-hot world number one had to fight his way past Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3.

Sixteenth seed Del Potro heroically clambered off the floor and from a set down to knock out Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

But it came at a high cost and he was due to see a doctor straight after the match to see the extent of the damage to his left wrist, which has been operated on three times before and in the past threatened to end his career.

If the Argentine, 29, does miss out it will be just his latest injury heartbreak.

“I felt something wrong in that moment but I continued to play with slices to try to finish the match, but now it’s time to see what the MRI (scan) and also what the doctor says,” Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, said.

“I’m a little worried but I know to deal with all of these things as I have been through them in the past, but I will see what the doctor says now and then we will take a decision for tomorrow.

“Of course I would like to play, I would like to be 100 percent, but we will see in a moment what’s happened.”

Juan Martin del Potro

Injury scare for Juan Martin del Potro.

Del Potro’s foot appeared to get stuck on the floor and he crumpled down, landing on his left hand and bending it painfully backwards.

He needed several minutes of medical attention and sat on a chair at the back of the court, wincing in obvious distress.

Incredibly, he broke the serve of the unseeded Troicki on his immediate return to action.

Swiss legend Federer booked his spot as he eased to a 7-5, 6-4 victory over the unseeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

Federer, the second seed, has not dropped a set all week.

GUTSY NADAL BATTLES ON

Rafael Nadal

In the last four: Nadal.

Nadal, who has never won the Shanghai Masters, is chasing a seventh title in a brilliant season and a hat-trick of triumphs on the trot, having been crowned US Open and China Open champion in recent weeks.

The 16-time Grand Slam winner saw off the Bulgarian Dimitrov in Beijing last week but suffered some hairy moments in getting the better of him again in a nervy quarter-final played in overcast conditions.

“Very happy, it was a very tough match, both of us played a very high level of Tennis,” said the 31-year-old Spaniard, the top seed.

“I enjoyed it, a great battle between two players that are playing all the time very focused and intense points.

“A lot of matches in a row winning and very happy with everything, let’s see what happens tomorrow, but being able to win in Beijing and now semi-finals here… tough events against tough players.

“Just focus on holding that momentum.”

Nadal edged in front when he got the break of serve in the ninth game of the first set and there was nothing between him and his good friend Dimitrov as they entered a tense second-set tie break.

The Spaniard got the mini-break for a 3-0 lead in the tie break, but sixth seed Dimitrov scrapped back to level, and then stunned Nadal to clinch the tie break.

They headed into a deciding set with Dimitrov in the ascendancy and the pro-Nadal crowd fearing an upset.

Dimitrov sensed another opportunity in the fifth game of the third set, but Nadal survived the break point.

Nadal took the momentum into the next game to immediately break Dimitrov and finally end the Bulgarian’s resolve.

The Spaniard’s victory march was only momentarily held up when a disturbance broke out in the crowd and the players were forced to wait as a small group of spectators was escorted out of the arena.

A relieved Nadal looked up to the heavens and raised his arms at the end.

The Croatian fourth seed Cilic – who has defeated Nadal only once in five matches – beat unseeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4.

Provided by AFP Sport

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