2007 ATP Awards
2007: Federer, Bryan Brothers Win Multiple Awards
by ATP Staff|
For the fourth consecutive year, Federer won both the Player of the Year Award and Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award Presented by Stanford. Additionally, fans gave Federer the atpworldtour.com Fans' Favorite Award Presented by RICOH for the fifth consecutive year.
"I am very happy to receive three more ATP awards for 2007," Federer said. "The Sportsmanship Award is voted by my fellow players and it is a great recognition for me. It is equally important to be voted by the fans as their favorite player. 2007 was a fantastic year for me, finishing No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings for the fourth consecutive time and continuing to receive the support of the players and fans worldwide."
The Bryan brothers, who last year finished as the No. 1 doubles team for the fourth time in five years, won the Doubles Team of the Year Award Presented by Stanford for the third consecutive year. The Bryans also were voted atpworldtour.com Fans' Favorite Doubles Team for the third consecutive year. Mike Bryan said: "We really enjoyed playing so well last season, winning a personal-best 11 titles and capping it off with a Davis Cup victory. It was a very special year. Being voted fan favorite is also very important to us. Wherever we go the fans support us and make us feel great."
The full list of 2007 ATP Awards winners:
Player of the Year - Roger Federer
The Swiss superstar finished No. 1 for a fourth straight year, highlighted by an ATP-best eight titles (in 12 finals), including three Grand Slam crowns for the third time in four years and at least two ATP Masters Series shields. He became only the fourth player since 1973 to end the year No. 1 at least four consecutive years, joining Pete Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors (5) and John McEnroe (4). He also became the first player in history to reach all four Grand Slam finals in back-to-back years and he advanced to an all-time record 10 consecutive Slam finals. Since the beginning of 2004, he has compiled a match record of 315-24 (.929) and has ranked No. 1 every week since first taking over on Feb. 2, 2004. At Wimbledon, he captured his fifth consecutive title and joined Bjorn Borg as the only players to win at least five straight crowns in the Open Era. He closed out the season with his fourth Tennis Masters Cup title in the last five years and earned a record $10,130,620.
Doubles Team of the Year Presented by Stanford - Mike and Bob Bryan
The American twins clinched the Stanford ATP Doubles Race for the third consecutive year and became the first team to finish No. 1 four times in five years. They helped the U.S. win the Davis Cup title by posting a 4-0 record together and clinched the final vs. Russia with a straight-sets victory. They compiled a career-best 77-9 season record, and won an ATP-high and personal-best 11 titles in 15 finals, becoming the first team to win at least 10 titles in a season since Woodbridge and Woodforde claimed 12 in 1996. They claimed at least five titles for a sixth consecutive year, repeating at the Australian Open and reaching the Wimbledon final. They moved up to No. 5 on the Open Era doubles titles list with 44 career titles.
Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Presented by Stanford - Roger Federer
Not only did Roger Federer finish No. 1 for a fourth consecutive year but he also was voted by his fellow players as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award for a record fourth straight time. Federer joined the award's name holder Edberg (5) and Patrick Rafter (4) as the only players to win at least four sportsmanship awards but became the first player to win four consecutive years. Edberg won three in a row from 1988-90 and Rafter three straight from 1999-2001.
Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year - Ivan Ljubicic
Ivan Ljubicic supports individual, smaller charities in his native Croatia and sponsors the Monaco Special Olympics team, donating his entire Davis Cup prize money to those charities as well as playing exhibitions to raise money. "I have been fortunate in my life getting help and support when I needed," Ljubicic said. "It is my duty now to give back. I have done it in a low key way but it is an honor to be recognized for my efforts. My message is that each one of us can make a difference."
atpworldtour.com Fans' Favorite (Singles) Presented by RICOH - Roger Federer
For the fifth consecutive year atpworldtour.com readers voted Roger Federer Fans' Favorite. Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten was the inaugural winner of the award in 2000 and another former World No. 1 Marat Safin of Russia collected the 2001 and 2002 prize. Federer finished Fans' Favorite ahead of second-placed Rafael Nadal, third-placed Novak Djokovic and fourth-placed David Nalbandian.
atpworldtour.com Fans' Favorite (Doubles) - Mike and Bob Bryan
The Doubles Team of the Year, who clinched the Stanford ATP Doubles Race for the third consecutive year and became the first team to finish No. 1 four times in five years, were also voted Fans' Favorite for the third consecutive year. The Bryan bothers were voted Fans' Favorite ahead of Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi (second), Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra (third) and Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram (fourth).
Most Improved Player of the Year - Novak Djokovic
The entertaining Serb became the first player in the history of the award (since 1973) to win back-to-back years. The 20-year-old Belgrade native, who won the 2006 award by improving from No. 83 in 2005 to No. 16, made another jump into the World's Top 3 and finished as the youngest player in the year-end Top 10. He captured a personal-high five ATP titles while reaching his first Grand Slam final and won 28 more matches from the previous season. He compiled a 19-4 record in Grand Slam play (losing to Federer and Nadal twice each) and 24-7 mark in ATP Masters Series tournaments. He won ATP Masters Series titles in Miami and Montreal while reaching the US Open final. He compiled a 43-12 mark on hard courts (second most wins behind Federer’s 44).
Newcomer of the Year - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
In his first full season on the ATP circuit, this 22-year-old Frenchman finished in the Top 50 for the first time at No. 43 from No. 212 with consistent results in ATP and Challenger level play. He compiled a 14-10 mark in ATP tournaments and 24-5 in Challengers with four titles. He opened the season with a four-set loss to No. 7 Roddick in the first round of the Australian Open and won the first set in a 20-18 tie-break (longest in tournament history). In June, he reached the fourth round. at Wimbledon where he won in straight sets over Benneteau, Lapentti and Lopez before falling to countryman Gasquet. He finished the season with solid results in his native country with a quarterfinal in Metz (l. to Murray) and semifinal in Lyon (d. No. 11 Gasquet, l. to Grosjean). He also won his first ATP doubles title in Lyon (w/Grosjean). He is the third Frenchman to win this award in the past six years, joining Gael Monfils (2005) and Paul-Henri Mathieu (2002).
Comeback Player of the Year - Igor Andreev
The 24-year-old Russian came back from a left knee injury in 2006 to finish in the Top 50 for the third time in four years. He underwent left knee surgery on Apr. 28, 2006, missing nearly six months of action. He finished No. 90 in '06 before improving to No. 33 last year. His ranking dipped to a season low No. 235 on Apr. 16, 2007. He helped his native Russia into the Davis Cup final for the second straight year and compiled a 36-27 match record. He advanced to the semifinals in Gstaad and the quarterfinals in seven other tournaments, including Roland Garros where he defeated No. 3 Roddick in the first round. He clinched Davis Cup ties against Chile and Germany by winning the fifth rubbers.
ATP Masters Series Tournament of the Year - Masters Series Monte-Carlo
International Series Gold Tournament of the Year - Abierto Mexicano Telcel (Acapulco)
International Series Tournament of the Year - Catella Swedish Open (Bastad)
Ron Bookman Media Excellence - Bud Collins