Tuesday, September 10, 2013
In their third match in 4 years, Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic to win his 2nd U.S. Open singles title.
By all accounts, Nadal is not only an amazing athlete, but also a very decent guy. Just look at his long term relationship with his girlfriend, Maria Francisca Perello, better known as Xisca.
Nadal and Perello grew up in the same town on the
of island and
started dating when they met in school in 2005. Their relationship had a chance
to deepen and mature before Nadal became the tennis star he is today. Majorca
Xisca is apparently becoming more accustomed to the limelight and has been seen cheering Nadal on at the U.S. Open along with his sister and his mother. Rafa has called Xisca one of the loves of his life, along with his parents and sisters.
Game, Set, Match...Congratulations!
Friday, September 6, 2013
Transitions can be difficult, and it seems as though Roger Federer is going through one now.
To everyone's surprise he's had a rough Grand Slam season, exiting in the semi-finals in the Australian Open in January, the quarter-finals in the French Open in early June, and the 2nd round at Wimbledon to a player ranked 116th.
Despite everyone's hope for a Federer miracle, he lost in straight sets to Tommy Robrado of Spain at the U.S. Open just days ago.
"I've definitely got to go back to work and come back stronger," Federer stated in a post match interview.
"Get rid of this loss now as quick as I can, forget about it, because that's not how I want to play from here on, I want to play better. I know I can."
Always in his corner giving him support, love, and advice is his devoted family.
Federer was born in Binnington, Switzerland, a small area near Basel. He credits his amazing tennis skills to the variety of sports he played growing up: badminton, cricket, and basketball.
Apparently that interest extends into his personal life. In 2000, while competing for Switzerland in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he met and fell in love with fellow Swiss teammate, Mirka Vavrinec.
After suffering from a foot injury in 2002, Mirka retired from tennis and took on the role of Federer's personal relations manager.
The two were married in a small ceremony near Basel on April 11,2009, and on July 23rd 2009 Mirka gave birth to identical twins, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.
Big Win for Federer!