Rafael Nadal has tasted victory over Roger Federer once again. This time, it came from off-court. The world's No. 2 tennis player bested over the former world's No. 1 at the 19th Annual ESPY Awards as he was announced the winner of Best Male Tennis Player on Wednesday night, July 13.
While he successfully took over the title from Roger, 25-year-old Nadal didn't sweep clean his nominations. The Spanish star lost the Best Male Athlete trophy to Dallas Mavericks star player Dirk Nowitzki, who became the first NBA player to win the category since Michael Jordan in 1993.
One of the big winners, Dirk said in his acceptance speech, "I'm so humbled and honored by this. It's been an unreal year for all of us on the Mavericks." The 33-year-old athlete, whose NBA team won Best Team, has also scored another kudo as he beat the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James for Best NBA Player.
Other big winners included Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay. Tim won Best Championship Performance and Best NHL Player, while Roy grabbed hold onto Best MLB Player and Best Moment. Skier Lindsey Vonn also had a memorable night as she earned back-to-back Best Female Athlete awards.
This year's ESPY Awards was once again hosted by Seth Meyers, who took the role for a second consecutive year. It also saw NBA's rookie of the year Blake Griffin winning the Breakthrough Athlete. Justin Bieber was one of the presenters on the special night.