by Mauro Cappiello
Last October 17th nominees were made for the ATP awards.
Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori will compete for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, a prize that goes to "the player who, throughout the year, conducted himself at the highest level of professionalism and integrity, who competed with his fellow players with the utmost spirit of fairness and who promoted the game through his off-court activities."
While waiting for the winner (voted by fellow players) to be announced before the ATP World Tour Finals in London, in this post we want to celebrate all the contenders with a video of their top on-court sportsmanship moment of the year.
The Croat allowed his opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to repeat the match point in his second round match in Rotterdam. Tsonga was disturbed by a lady screaming in the crowd just before he could hit a backhand. Cilic won the match one game later.
During his third round match against Kei Nishikori at the Miami Masters, in the middle of the first set tie-break, Grigor Dimitrov realized one of the ball girls was almost fainting due to the hot humid temperature. So he took the girl's hand and walked with her to a bench placed just off the court to allow her medical care.
Down 2 sets to 1 and match point against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, Roger Federer put up a strong, amazing comeback winning five games in a row and forcing the match into a decider. Although he eventually lost the match, a single tear running down his face during the trophy ceremony just meant: "I'll try again next year!"
Probably playing the best match in his career, Kei Nishikori was demolishing Rafael Nadal in the final of the Madrid Masters. Up one set and a break, he was forced to retire at the start of the third set due to a hip injury, but he didn't lose his composure and was celebrated with a warm applause by the crowd and his opponent during the ceremony.
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