Rafael Nadal entered the current season with an almost 4000 points advantage over Stefanos Tsitsipas. Things have changed a lot in the past seven months, and the Greek will replace the Spaniard in the top-3 on Monday, becoming the 13th active player in that group.
Stefanos will compete in Toronto next week as a top-3 player for the first time, celebrating the achievement with Patrick Mouratoglou, who often works with the young Greek at his Academy in France. Tsitsipas has won 4660 points in 2021, and Nadal could not follow that pace, winning two titles but failing to reach a Major final.
The Spaniard will leave the top-3 for the first time since June 2017, losing ground a bit since the pandemic’s start last year and winning three titles in the past 12 months. Nadal suffered a back injury in Adelaide in January while preparing for the Australian Open, and he still reached the quarter-final in Melbourne.
The 2009 champion scored four victories in straight sets to hit the quarters without spending too much time on the court, playing well and having a massive chance to extend the winning streak and enter the semis. Instead of that, Stefanos Tsitsipas ousted Nadal in thrilling five sets, delivering marvelous performance behind the initial shot from set number three and prevailing in the decisive moments to score a 3-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-5 triumph in four hours and five minutes!
Shifting into a higher gear with his back pushed against the wall, Stefanos controlled his service games’ pace in the third set and grabbed a tie break 7-4 for a massive boost. Nadal made some loose smash errors in the breaker, and they would cost him dearly, as he couldn’t regain momentum in the rest of the clash, hanging in but not doing enough to cross the finish line first.
The pressure was on Rafa in sets four and five, and he could not endure it after losing the drive, getting broken once in each to hit the exit door.
Stefanos Tsitsipas will pass Rafael Nadal on the ATP ranking list tomorrow.
Nadal lost the pace a bit with his groundstrokes as the match went on and struggled more and more on the return to put Stefanos in the driving seat.
Simultaneously, Tsitsipas threw everything he had on his opponent, delivering one good hold after another and completing his most remarkable career victory to advance into the second Australian Open semi-final in three years.
Nadal stayed away from the court until April, and Tsitsipas used that time to earn many wins and reduce the deficit to the Spaniard. Rafa lost in the Monte Carlo quarter-final to Andrey Rublev while Stefanos went all the way, gathering momentum and setting another clash versus Nadal in the Barcelona final.
Rafa won that one after three hours and 38 minutes of a grueling battle and a match point saved, playing better than the Greek in Madrid and Rome to regain composure. Tsitsipas punched again at Roland Garros, reaching the first Major final and earning points, as Nadal lost in the semis.
Stefanos wasted two sets to love advantage against Novak to stay empty-handed, and he lost ground after that to experience early losses at Wimbledon, Hamburg and the Tokyo Olympics. On the other hand, the Spaniard skipped almost two months after Roland Garros due to a foot injury, returning to the court this week in Washington and losing in the third round to propel Stefanos in front of him in the rankings and leave the top-3 after over four years.
CONTROVERSY. Naomi Osaka’s boyfriend Cordae brags his relationship with the world no.2
Naomi Osaka has been dating her boyfriend Cordae for more than 2 years often sparking some controversy. Cordae is an up-and-coming American rapper that loves sending strong messages. Last year, on the occasion of the US Open, he was wildly criticized for showing the middle finger when taking some pictures with Naomi Osaka after she won the trophy. That looked extremely inappropriate also because he was stealing the scene of his girlfriend with that questionable gesture.
Cordae has just launched a song, “More Life”, boasting his relationship with Naomi using the following (strong) words: “My girl a tennis star, you niggas out here marrying hoes.”
According to the comments, many people didn’t really like this.
Cordae and Naomi Osaka are a power couple pic.twitter.com/o8PIpGLpfa
— brown (@BrownRapFan) April 22, 2021
Why Rafael Nadal only had one girlfriend in his life
ABC gave more details on Maria Francisca Perello, Rafael Nadal’s longtime girlfriend and future wife. Maria studied Administration and Direction of companies in the Balearic Islands University. She did not make people notice she was Nadal’s girlfriend.
Then she started working in the department of Communication in Palma de Mallorca. Then she worked in London for Mapfre, which is connected to Nadal. She is currently the director of social integration of the Rafa Nadal Foundation which is based in Barcelona and ran by Nadal’s mother Ana Maria Parera.
In 2013 the couple bought a €4 million worth chalet where they live. Maria understands the sacrifices that her future husband does to keep competing at the highest level. They started dating each other in 2005. She rarely speaks about their relationship.
In 2011, she told John Carlin, writer of Rafa: My Story book, explaining why Nadal often goes to the tournaments being alone: “Travelling around the world would not be good for me and him either. If I followed him everywhere, I think we could stop getting well each other.”
A close source to the couple told ABC: “She gave him his room to relax and not feel tense. When one like Nadal goes through so much pressure he needs to be calm.” In an interview to TODAY Serena Williams was asked her thoughts on her sister Venus as an auntie.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner praised what she considers her best friend. “She’s great. None of us grew up! We’re all just a bunch of kids having fun”, said Serena who became mother of a daughter called Olympia in September 2017.
I feel like things should have changed more,” said Serena, who added: “I feel like the older (Olympia) gets, the more I go back to being how I was. I don’t know if that’s normal, but that (pre-baby life) started coming back for me.”
Naomi Osaka Boyfriend: Tennis Star’s Rapper Boyfriend Didn’t Know She Played Tennis
Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Osaka’s boyfriend – Cordae – was unaware of her tennis fame until after they started dating in 2019 and attended the US Open.
In a few years, Naomi Osaka has made herself at home in everyone’s hearts. She has bagged four Grand Slam titles and is without a doubt one of the best tennis players in the world. Her boyfriend, however, remained unaware of her being a tennis star until after he started dating her.
Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Who is Naomi Osaka dating?
As of now, the 23-year-old tennis star is dating Cordae Amari Dunston – mostly known as Cordae. While Naomi Osaka Cordae have been dating for quite some time now, Cordae was not really aware of Osaka’s tennis fame. “It’s not my sport,” the Grammy-nominated artist said during an interview. “If you asked me about tennis, before being immersed in it because of Naomi, I could only give you Venus and Serena Williams, you know? Because they’re just a part of the culture.”
Later, the rapper even admitted that he felt out of place during the 2019 US Open. “I don’t know if I ever told Naomi this or not, but I felt really out of place. Like, that was my first time being in an environment like that in my entire life,” he said while talking to GQ. He added that it was his first tennis match, and he went to schools where the majority of the kids were Black. As a result, it was “weird” for him to be in that space.
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Cordae, a rapper, moved to LA after college for his career. He released mixtapes as a teenager, going by the name of “Entendre”. He worked on raps as a hobby till 2018, slowly gaining interest later. He was a TBN collective member and was “YBN Cordae” while with them. Last year, he was nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammys.
Is Naomi Osaka in a relationship? How did Naomi Osaka meet Cordae?
The couple, per reports, met in 2019. They dated in secret for around a year, before going for a date at a LA Clippers game. “I just remember seeing that there were so many people who wanted to take a picture with him,” Osaka said about their first date. ” And I just thought it was really cool how friendly and welcoming he was with everyone”.
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Osaka also revealed that she has been on tour with Cordae, which was like a fun adventure for her. Since then, Osaka has been introduced to a lot of older music by Cordae, which she said was interesting about him, “He knows the whole catalogue of everyone,” she said. “I feel like the knowledge that he has about his craft and his passion is so much more vast than mine”.
It’s Naomi Osaka walking infront of her billboards while wearing Cordae’s record label @hilevel merch for me!! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/qkgXior7oN
— UnapologeticAyesha (@AyeshaAlerts) May 21, 2021
Cordae also spoke about them keeping their relationship private, and how they rarely post intimate moment which they consider sacred. “A relationship is really a sacred thing. Once you let outside influences get into it, it becomes less sacred”.