It was, perhaps, the most obvious thing to happen since he became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon. However, it was a popularity contest which Andy Murray won with flying colours, as the Scot has been voted, today, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

He is the fourth tennis player to win this award, following Ann Jones (1969), Virginia Wade (1977), and Greg Rusedski (1997).

The 26-year-old from Dunblane, who finished third in 2012, could not be in attendance tonight, as he is still in the last phases of his rehabilitation following a back surgery that put an end to his season after the Davis Cup playoffs, in which he helped bring Great Britain back to the World Group. However, he followed the ceremony from Miami, where he trains.

Murray received his trophy from the hands of tennis legend Martina Navratilova, whom he called, in his acknoledgements, “the best player of all-time”. He also took time to thank, on top of his family and team, everyone who has been supporting him for all these years, admitting that he sometimes is not the easiest person to support, especially due to the immense amount of pressure that was on his shoulders.

Visibly emotional, the Brit could barely control the trembling of his voice as he gave his thanks from Miami.

Incidentally, his coach, Ivan Lendl, was nominated for the Coach of the Year. He did not win, as the award went to Warren Gatland, coach of the British & Irish Lions.

Another tennis player was also nominated. World nº1 Rafael Nadal was in the run for the Overseas Personality, which ended up being awarded to Sebastian Vettel.

Wawrinka runner-up in Switzerland, Bencic Newcomer of the Year

Stanislas Wawrinka also came very close to winning the same distinction in Switzerland. Among the nominees for Swiss personality of the year, as was Roger Federer, Wawrinka finished second in the voting, behind cross-country skier Dario Cologna.

As for Federer, for the first time in many years, he was not even in the top 5.

The biggest honour for a tennis player in Switzerland came to Belinda Bencic, as the 16-year-old, currently ranked 183, was named Newcomer of the year, a very deserved reward.