Magician, maestro and now doctor Roger Federer. The Swiss ace latest title came about after he was handed an honorary doctorate by the University of Basel.

The Department of Medicine from his hometown university bestowed the honour on their favourite sportsman for increasing the popularity of Basel and Switzerland as well as encouraging people all over the world to live an active life.

"The Faculty of Medicine awarded its honorary doctorate to Roger Federer for increasing the international reputation of Basel and Switzerland, as well as for his function as a role model athlete, who encourages many people around the world to be physically more active and thus contributes to the promotion of health," a statement read on the University's official site.

"Also mentioned was Federer's engagement for children in Africa through his foundation," the statement added referring to the Swiss tennis star's foundation that does work helping children across Africa.

Federer is no stranger to awards, the ATP's number two ranked player, was crowned the fans' favourite player for the 15<sup>th straight year, while he also picked up the Stefan Edberg sportsmanship award and the comeback player of the year in London earlier this month.

The 36-year-old proved in 2017 that age is just a number after he turned back the clock recaptured his best form that saw him dominate the game at the start of the decade. Federer's 'fitness first' mantra served him well throughout the year as he ensured he was in peak physical condition for the important events as he went on to capture seven titles including two Grand Slams – the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

The 19-time men's singles Grand Slam champion was unable to attend the ceremony in his hometown but sent a message via video. According to Business Standard, Federer thanked the university and revealed that the honorary doctorate gave him as much happiness as when he wins a Grand Slam title.

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Roger Federer has been handed an honorary doctorate by the University of Basel