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Swiss Sportsman of the Year 2004 -

17.12.2004 | Off Court

Rogers performance in 2003 had already been rated ‘sensational’. And now, 2004, he has even realised what seemed impossible. He exceeded himself and has achieved the best results ever to be done by any other tennis player over the last two decades. These facts made Rogers re-election to the ‘Swiss Sportsman of the Year’ rather logical and his fabulous year makes him to a very hot candidate for the throne of the ‘World Sportsman of the Year’. He has, after all, achieved almost unimaginable successes: Grand-Slam-tournaments (Melbourne, Wimbledon, US Open), at the Masters, at the three Masters-Series tournaments(Indian Wells, Hamburg, Toronto) as well as Dubai, Halle, Gstaad and Bangkok. ‘Everything I touch turns to gold’ were his - almost unbelieving - words after the second victory at a Masters-final (6:3, 6:2 against Lleyton Hewitt). Disbelief is also the feeling his opponents must have, pretty much leaving just one question open: who is going to beat this Roger? There were certainly also smaller disappointments during the dream-year of 2004. Rogers out in the second round at the Olympics in Athens, where he had wanted to win a medal so badly, is certainly one. And then there was Switzerland’s out in the Davis Cup – the one-man team Roger was not able to fix it. The rest of the defeats were rather easy to cope with. Roger also appeared as a champion next to the court. He started the year with the election to the ‘Swiss Sportsman of the Year 2003’, built up his Foundation helping underprivileged children in South Africa and opened the UN’s Year of Sports together with Adolf Ogi. Last but not least he has stayed the modest, accessible young person.

 

he best Swiss sportsmen and -women of the year will be awarded the «Credit Suisse Sports Awards» this Saturday. The show will be broadcast live on Swiss TV. Who will succeed to the throne after Roger and Simone Niggli-Luder (Several gold medals in orienteering)? The question will be answered on Saturday evening in Bern. While the Swiss spectators can vote for their personal favourite Roger will certainly be amongst the hottest candidates after his great performances this year. So does Simone Niggli-Luder, by the way, after winning the short distance orienteering world championship yet again this year. The best coach, newcomer, team and handicapped sportsmen and –women will also be honoured on the occasion.

 
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