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TheDailyBeast: Tennis Stars’ Perfect Matches

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Xisca Perello & Rafael Nadal

How does it feel to date the No. 1 tennis player in the world? Just ask Maria Francisca Perello, better known as "Xisca," the girlfriend of reigning Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal. They grew up in the same town on the island of Majorca and started dating long before Rafa became a tennis star, ever since they met at school back in 2005. "I guess a lot of girls will be upset to know the truth," Toni Nadal told The Daily Mail in 2008, when their "well-kept secret" relationship was confirmed to the public. Although Xisca previously preferred to avoid the limelight and was often absent at his matches, she posed for the media with him and his team at last year's U.S. Open and cheered him on to win Wimbledon in 2010. Rafa has called Xisca one of the loves of his life—along with his parents and sister.

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