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Nadal named ATP player of 2008

March 26, 2009 08:41 IST

World number one Rafael Nadal was named 2008 Player of the Year in the ATP World Tour awards after a remarkable season in which he became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon titles back-to-back.

The Spaniard's main rival, Roger Federer, picked the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship prize for a record fifth successive year.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was voted the most improved player and Japan's Kei Nishikori was the newcomer of the year.

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