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L'Equipe Names Federer 'Champion of Champions' for 2005


The French sports daily L'Equipe has named Swiss tennis star Roger Federer its "Champion of Champions" for 2005.

The world number-one men's tennis player received 676 points in a vote by L'Equipe journalists to give him an overwhelming victory over world motorcycle champion Valentino Rossi of Italy. Rossi got 387 points to take second place.

Third place went to Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso of Spain, while Ethiopian distance runner Kenenisa Bekele took fourth place.

The 24-year-old Federer dominated men's tennis in 2005, compiling an 81-4 winning record for the season. He also captured the Wimbledon and U.S. Open Grand Slam titles for the second straight year. Federer is the just the second tennis player to win the L'Equipe award in its 25-year history. American Andre Agassi won in 1999.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and Reuters.