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‘Rafael Nadal has a handicap to…’, says ATP star



On Sunday, Rafael Nadal won his 10th Rome Open crown after a close 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win over No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The encounter lasted two hours and 50 minutes, with two great rivals pushing themselves to the limit in the most crucial clash before the second Major of the season at Roland Garros.

Thus, Rafa secured the 36th Masters 1000 crown to equal Djokovic’s record, bouncing back from quarter-final defeats in Monte Carlo and Madrid to win numerous records. It was Nadal’s 22nd win over no. 1 player and the first since last year’s Roland Garros final when he defeated Djokovic in straight sets.

Sunday’s win over Novak was Rafa’s 22 against no. 1, extending his record and leaving Boris Becker with 19. Ivan Lendl and Novak Djokovic share third place with 14 wins over no. 1, followed by Andy Murray, who stands at 12.

Rafa threw everything he had on Novak in the final of the Rome Open, shooting 37 winners and 23 unforced errors to dominate a great rival and beat him for the 28th time! in 57 meetings! Nadal won just a couple of points more than Djokovic, losing in the most extended rallies and erasing that deficit in the quickest exchanges up to four strokes that secured him victory.

They broke in the early stages of the match and stood side by side for over an hour in the first set. Nadal took a crucial break at 5-5 when Novak scored an easy forehand and held after two to finish the set and gain momentum.

Djokovic raised the bar for him in set number two and left Nadal far behind with a double break, making five straight games to become the favorite before the decider. Fighting hard to stay in touch, Rafa saved break opportunities at 2-2 in the final set and took a break in the next to open a 4-2 gap.

Djokovic saved a match point in game eight with a winning serve before Nadal moved over with a grab 30 minutes later.

Casper Ruud comments on Rafael Nadal
Casper Ruud has revealed he will travel to Mallorca after the conclusion of the Geneva Open to spend time training with Rafael Nadal ahead of the 2021 French Open.

“Next week I will go to Mallorca,” said the Norwegian. “I will rest 1-2 days and then I will resume training to prepare for Roland Garros. Rafa is there and I think he will want to play so after some rest I am ready for some hard training with him.”

The Norwegian admitted that Nadal was better than him at golf and that he was fast trying to close the gap. “We will probably play golf next week,” Ruud added. “Rafa has a handicap (a system that allows amateurs to compete with professionals) to zero, I have 1.8. So we’re close, but he’s better at the moment. Next time I’ll try to beat him.”

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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

— brown (@BrownRapFan) April 22, 2021

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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.”

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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!! 🤩

— 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”.

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