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Nadal snaps Federers seven-year winning streak in ATP sportsmanship award

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Nadal has ended Federers winning streak (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal may not be fit to compete at the ATP Finals in London this week, but he has brought an end to a lengthy Roger Federer winning streak after being named as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award.

Federer had picked up the gong in each of the last seven years but saw that run halted by his great rival Nadal who pipped him to the post this time around.

World No. 2 Nadal was heavily praised for his efforts in Majorca as he helped volunteers clean up after the damage caused by flash floods, while offering shelter to those left homeless.

Federer, Juan Martin del Potro and Kevin Anderson were the others nominated for the award.

Winners of sportsmanship award since 2004

2004: Federer
2005: Federer
2006: Federer
2007: Federer
2008: Federer
2009: Federer
2010: Nadal
2011: Federer
2012: Federer
2013: Federer
2014: Federer
2015: Federer
2016: Federer
2017: Federer
2018: Nadal

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Djokovic won comeback of the year (Picture: Anadolu Agency/Getty)

South Africas Anderson may consider himself unlucky not to have come away with the prize having displayed great sportsmanship throughout the year, while also being the driving force behind new measures introduced at the ATP Finals to cut down the use of single-use plastic.

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Newly-crowned world No. 1 Novak Djokovic earned won the comeback of the year award after a remarkable turnarond saw him crowned as Wimbledon and US Open champion, while his coach Marian Vajda won coach of the year.

Greek sensation Stefansos Tsitsipas was named as the most improved player, with the newcomer of the year award being handed to fellow Next Gen ace Alex de Minaur.

ATP awards

Comeback of the year: Novak Djokovic

Most improved player: Stefanos Tsitsipas

Newcomer of the year: Alex de Minaur

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award: Rafael Nadal

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award: Tommy Robredo

Coach of the year: Marian Vajda

Fans favourite singles player: Roger Federer

Fans favourite doubles team: Mike Bryan/Jack Sock

ATP Masters 1000 event of the year: Indian Wells

ATP 500 event of the year: Queens

ATP 250 event of the year: Stockholm

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