Roger Federer won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award for 2008 in Russiaon Monday. The Swiss star won three out of four Grand Slam tournaments in 2007, at Wimbledon and the US and Australian Opens, and was the losing finalist in the French Open. He also won the season-ending Masters in Shanghai and finished the year World No1 for the fourth time in a row.
At 26, he has won 12 Grand Slam titles, two shy of the record held by the retired Pete Sampras. It was also the fourth straight year he has taken the Laureus world award, the first man to do so. "I am just happy that the jury didn't think that three is enough," said Federer. The World Sportswoman of the Year award went to Belgium's Justine Henin.