Rafael Nadal is all set to tie the knot with long-time girlfriend, Xisca Perello. The two got engaged in May 2018 while on vacation in Rome. Just like their engagement, the pair wanted to keep their marriage secret but went public earlier this year.
The wedding will be held near Manacor, Rafael Nadal’s hometown. The venue is the ‘La Fortaleza,’ one of the most expensive properties on the island. Overall, the wedding is expected to be one of the most high-profile events in Mallorca. The wedding also brings together some of the most popular faces from different parts of the globe.
Around 500 guests are likely to attend the event. The high profile guests expected to attend the wedding include some of Spain’s finest athletes such as NBA star Pau Gasol and football legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Also receiving invites for the wedding are Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, Nadal’s current coach Carlos Moya, and former Spanish national football team manager Julen Lopetegui.
Nadal’s Spanish compatriots Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez will also be present during the ceremony. It is also rumored that the 18-time Grand Slam champion has invited long-time rival Roger Federer to his wedding.
No truth to the invitation
In a press conference, however, Roger Federer denied the report. He said that he was not invited by Rafael Nadal to his wedding scheduled on October 19. The 20-time Grand Slam champion said that people should not believe everything that is being reported. According to Federer, he doesn’t know anything about it. Federer will compete in the Swiss Indoors in Basel starting October 19. Aside from that he also has plans for the weekend before the Basel tournament.
Notably, both players joined the Player Council last month. Joining the Player Council was something that Rafa and Roger had agreed to do together. Having similar points of view, the two are at the stage of their career when they plan to retire and leave the sport.
Sharing A Special Bond
Although bitter rivals in the tennis court, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer share a special bond that goes beyond their rivalry. They once doubled partners at the Laver Cup a couple of years back. The two tennis greats were also seen having fun at a bar in Wimbledon together with other tennis stars like Dominic Thiem, Alexander “Sascha” Zverev and Fabio Fognini.
Ranked no.3, Federer played his last match on the 3rd of September when he lost Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2 in the quarter in U.S. Open.
This year the Swiss has a 43-7 win-loss record. Federer has won 3 titles in 2019 in Dubai, in Miami and in Halle. The Swiss was the finalist in Indian Wells and in Wimbledon.
Nadal at the U.S. Open, ranking, and results in 2019
Ranked no.2, the Spaniard has a 46-6 win-loss record in 2019. Rafael is now having a run at the U.S. Open where he toppled John Millman 6-3 6-2 6-2, Thanasi Kokkinakis w/o, Hyeon Chung 6-3 6-4 6-2, Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2, Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-4 7-5 6-2 and Matteo Berrettini 7-66 6-4 6-1.
Nadal will square off with Medvedev in the final. The head to head is 1-0 for Nadal.
The last time that they played, Nadal won 6-3 6-0 in the final in Montreal in 11th August 2019.
Rafael conquered 3 titles in 2019 in Rome, at the French Open and in Montreal. Rafael was the finalist at the Australian Open.The Spaniard won 83 titles in his career: 19 on hard courts, 59 on clay courts, 1 on indoor courts and 4 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played each other 42 times. The head to head is 26-16 for Nadal. The last time that they squared off, Roger Federer won 7-63 1-6 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in Wimbledon in 12th July 2019.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
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