Rafael Nadal, 33, was beaten by Roger Federer, 37, on Centr Court to secure a place in the mens single’s Wimbledon 2019 final on Sunday.

Despite the loss, waching on in the stands was Rafael’s long-term partner, Xisca, born María Francisca Perello, who looked stunning in a yellow and black dress.

Xisca watched on intently from the sidelines, where she looked a little tense.

She kept her sunglasses on for the game, as the sun shone down on Centre Court.

Roger won 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 against Rafael, who will go on to play Novak Djokovic on Sunday, after he beat Roberto Bautista Agut today.

Rafael and Xisca got engaged back in May during a romantic trip to Rome, following 14 years together.

The pair will tie the knot this autumn in Mallorca, HELLO’s sister publication HOLA! reported.

Meanwhile, last year after the Australian Open semi-final, Nadal, who is notoriously quiet about his private life, spoke about his partner.

The sportsman called her a “wildcard” when he was asked what the couple like to get up to Down Under when he is not on the tennis court.

According to News.com, Jim Courier, an American broadcaster and former world number one tennis champion, asked Rafael how Xisca was doing and what the two may be getting up to while in Australia.

Jim said to the tennis player: “Maria, she’s back in Australia this year.

“I’m wondering what do you guys like to do when you’re not working here in Australia when you have a bit of time?”

To which Nadal replied: “As I said to you a couple of years ago in 2017, I think it was the first time she was able to be here, that she had received a wildcard in that moment and now after 14 years together she doesn’t need wildcards.

“She comes wherever she wants.”

Xisca previously said she chooses not to attend most of Nadal’s tennis matches to preserve their relationship.

In an interview with The Telegraph in 2011, Xisca explained: “He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around and waiting on his needs all day tires me out.

“It would asphyxiate me. And then he would have to be worrying about me… No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we might stop getting along.”

Elsewhere, Roger said he was “shattered” after the match with Rafael, but called the battle “amazing”.

“I’m exhausted,” he began. “At the end, Rafa played some unbelievable shots to stay in the match and I thought the match was played at a very high level.”

He said: “I enjoyed it, the crowd were amazing and the battles with Rafa are always amazing, it was nice.”

Roger went on: “I had spells where I was really serving well, I thought probably the biggest points in the match went my way.

source: express.co.uk


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