After a thrilling, five-set match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, Rafael Nadal of Spain is headed to the 2017 Australian Open final.
It will be the first time he'll play Roger Federer for major title since the 2011 French Open, and the ninth time the two have played for a Grand Slam title in a final.
Perello, who is also known as "Xisca," has been dating Nadal since 2005.
Perello has tried to lead a private life, despite dating one of the biggest sports stars in the world.
And interestingly, the woman who would become the first well-known Rafael Nadal girlfriend would form a long-term relationship with Rafa that the couple would keep out of the spotlight for many years.
Since 2005, the lovely Maria Francisca Perello has been Rafa’s girlfriend, and the two have played it very low-key for the past several years.
The newspaper also added that people who claim to be close to the couple are “convinced” an engagement is inevitable. Fans were simultaneously mourning and celebrating the news. Many other fans were crushed because they hoped to marry him...
“So many people would flip but if the couple at some point announced they were engaged I’d be happy,” tweeted one fan. On Friday, Rafael Nadal’s rep said “no comment” when asked whether the 31-year-old tennis player was tying the knot.
The couple was seen closely eyeing some pricey bling in a couple of major jewelry stores — especially major diamond baubles that could only be described as the kind usually slipped on a woman’s left-hand ring finger. (read more)According to some insiders, they'll soon be engaged. Rumor Explodes on Twitter Naturally, the Sun-Times’ article sent Facebook and Twitter into a frenzy.
The Spanish bull was made to fight tooth and nail but showed glimpses of his vintage best, prevailing over Bulgarian 15th seed Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 in just short of five hours to win through to Sunday's final against Federer Nadal survived some early pressure from Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov before breaking the man dubbed 'Baby Fed' in the fourth, winning the set 6-3.
But the Bulgarian struck back in the second, eventually taking the set 7-5.
In a 2011 Telegraph interview, Perello said she didn't even want to go to a dinner with one of his sponsors in Paris once.
"When Rafael got back he said, ‘Thank God you didn’t come.' The place had been swarming with photographers.