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Rafael Nadal Girlfriend: Maria (Xisca) Francisca Perello Pictures

By Deena Bustillo on
Rafael Nadal is sweating it out on the courts today as he takes on longtime rival Novak Djokovic at the US Open finals and you can bet Maria Francisca Perello (who goes by Xisca) is there screaming for her man. These two have been dating for over seven years, which means she's gotten very used to the nail-biting matches. They met in the small town where they grew up and have been smitten since. However, they prefer to keep their relationship largely out of the spotlight. It should be an...Read Full Story

Novak Djokovic Girlfriend: Jelena Ristic Pictures and Bio

By Deena Bustillo on
Jelena Ristic is screaming in the stands today at the US Open watching her man Novak Djokovic take on Rafael Nadal in the finals.The guys have come head-to-head before, and it's always a close match. In fact, last year, they played the longest Grand Slam singles final in the history of the sport at the 2012 Australian Open. Djokovic ended up beating Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 after 5 hours, 53 minutes. This became his third Grand Slam title in a row, and the sweet victory came at at 1...Read Full Story

Rafael Nadal Celebrates Tournament Win in Monte Carlo: Pictures

By JJ Duncan on
It must be clay court season, because Rafael Nadal is back on top! Rafa utterly demolished the competition at the Monte Carlo Masters Series tournament to take home his seventh win in Monaco in a row.Nadal, nearly unbeatable on clay, was a heavy favorite to win the tournament, and even rival Roger Federer had predicted he would top the tournament. Nadal's win puts him on a 27-0 run on his favorite surface, but even he knows he can be taken down at any time."I'm not invincible. I've lost...Read Full Story

Rafael Nadal Wins Into Quarterfinals in Monte Carlo: Pictures

By JJ Duncan on
Another day, another dominating performance from Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters tournament. Rafa has won the tourney six years in a row and showed no signs of relinquishing his reign over Monte Carlo as he defeated Richard Gasquet of France 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday.After an easy win in their first game, Nadal found himself fending off Gasquet as the score evened to 4-4 in the second. The Frenchman couldn't keep up the assault and eventually fell 6-4, leading Nadal into the quarterfinals...Read Full Story

Rafael Nadal Crushes In Monte Carlo: Pictures

By JJ Duncan on
Rafael Nadal marked his return to the clay court this season with a lopsided 6-2, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen at Day Four of the ATP Masters in Monte Carlo.Rafa is a heavy favorite to win the tournament for a seventh-straight year, and his Wednesday match marked his 33rd win in a row on the Monte Carlo courts. Clay is Rafael's preferred surface, and some are already predicting that he will proceed unbeaten through the following six tournaments, all of which are on clay courts.Even rival...Read Full Story

Rafael Nadal Prepares to Dominate in Monte Carlo: Pictures

By JJ Duncan on
Anyone playing in the ATP Masters Series Tennis tournament in Monte Carlo not named Rafael Nadal should be scared. The Spaniard is a legend on Monaco's famed clay courts, sweeping the competition last year, and even rival Roger Federer admits he's an "overwhelming favorite for this tournament."Unfortunately for Rafa's fans, he didn't play on Tuesday. His first match will come Wednesday, and those fans have every reason to believe the tournament is his to win. Nadal dominated the clay court...Read Full Story

Rafael Nadal Vs. Novak Djokovic: Pictures

By JJ Duncan on
Rafael Nadal has a new rival after his shocking loss to Novak Djokovic on Sunday. The young Serb took down Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 to win the Sony Ericsson Open after Nadal had defeated his more established rival, Roger Federer, in the semis.Heat and humidity may have played a role in the match results. Nadal reportedly looked winded and doubled over by the end of the match while Djokovic looked like the fresher player.Check out more pictures from the three-hour, 24-minute match below.Rafael...Read Full Story

Rafael Nadal Defeats Tomas Berdych: Pictures

By JJ Duncan on
Rafael Nadal was in excellent spirits as he defeated Czech opponent Tomas Berdych in the Sony Ericsson Open quarter-finals on Thursday. The Spanish superstar won the set 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to a dream semis match against rival Roger Federer.Nadal had a harder time advancing to the semis than Federer. The latter was dealt a bye for all practical purposes as opponent Gilles Simon conceded the match early on after a back injury prevented him from playing competitively.Nadal and Federer have...Read Full Story

Latest Rafael Nadal Photos from BNP Paribas Open

By JJ Duncan on
Rafael Nadal had a lot to be happy about at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Thursday. Currently ranked first in the world, Nadal handily defeated Somdev Devvarman of India 7-5, 6-4 on the hardcourts to advance through the fourth round.Nadal will have his work cut out for him if he plans to win the tournament though. Second-seeded Roger Federer is still in the running after four rounds, as is third-seeded Novak Djokovic. American Andy Roddick, however, was eliminated in the fourth round upon...Read Full Story

U.S. Open Tennis Final Suspended (Pictures)

By Deena Bustillo on
Things are coming to a close at the US Open, and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are trying to get the final match over with, but the rain isn't cooperating. Play was suspended yesterday due to rain and thunder, and today there's currently an hour or so pause for the same reason.As of now, Nadal is up the first set, and the second set is tied Don't Miss Nadal wins first set of U.S. Open final against DjokovicNadal makes no promises before Cincinnati start at 4. Hopefully the rain will only...Read Full Story