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Federer Receives Home Town Honour

Roger Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer recently won a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon.

He has been lauded by many as the greatest tennis player ever and now ATP World Tour No. 1 Roger Federer has been named "Ehrespalebaerglemer", an award given to outstanding citizens of Basel – Federer’s home town.

A small crowd of 200-300 fans, friends and family members attended the ceremony on Thursday as a plaque was unveiled in Federer’s honour. The plaque sits alongside those honouring other local heroes in the historic city centre of Basel.

“It's a nice honour for me to receive the plaque and I will walk past it, I am sure, just a few more times,” said Federer. “It's going to be a proud moment, maybe also to show my kids in the future.”

The 27 year old is at home in Switzerland as he and wife, Mirka, await the birth of their first child. Two weeks ago, Federer made history as he clinched a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon with an epic victory over Andy Roddick – defeating the American 16-14 in the final set to capture his sixth Wimbledon crown.

One month earlier, the right-hander had become just the sixth man in history to win the career Grand Slam when he defeated Robin Soderling to finally capture the Roland Garros trophy. He is due to return to the ATP World Tour at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, beginning 8 August.

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