BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2012
Federer Presented ATPWorldTour.com Fans' Favourite & Sportsmanship Awards
by ATP Staff|
ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett presented the Swiss superstar with the awards for ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by RICOH for a record 10th straight year and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the eighth time (2004-09, 2011-12) and second year in a row.
"Stefan Edberg was my idol growing up. He was a great inspiration for me," said Federer. "I always tried to play according to the rules and be respectful to my fellow competitors. A lot of other players totally deserve this award; it's a great pleasure to win it.
"[That it's voted for by fellow players] makes it extra special. We have great matches all over the world and the recognition is a great feeling. We're trying to inspire the next generation.
On receiving recognition from the fans, Federer commented, "It's incredible. I got this award for the first time in 2003, the year I won Wimbledon, and every year since. It keeps me motivated and inspires me. It makes travelling so much easier. I hope I'll see you supporting tennis and me in the future. I couldn't thank you enough."
Federer plays David Ferrer, a winner of an ATP World Tour-best seven titles in 2012, on Thursday afternoon in a Group B round-robin clash.