After having achieved an extraordinary season in 2019 with victories at Roland Garros and at the US Open, Rafael Nadal crowned his love story with Xisca Perello, now a historical girlfriend and he got married last October.
Throughout his life we have always appreciated Rafa as a very private person regarding his private life, but now recently the Spaniard has left some small details. While Nadal's achievements on the court are well documented, fans are also keen to know more about his personal life.
The couple do not yet have any children, something Nadal has opened about in the past.
Nadal on his personal life
"I keep my commitment with tennis and my happiness. I enjoy both in tennis and outside it. I have a girlfriend too and I am not alone to take decisions.
You have to suit situations. Having family? I don’t know, things are not easy to be predicted. At this age, I thought that I would have already been a former player and that I would have started a family" - the Spaniard said.
Rafael Nadal, though, has also said he is open to the idea of having children in the near future. "If I didn’t see myself playing tennis… then possibly, I could have had children before,” he told ATP Tour.
"It’s not something that just depends on you. I love children and I would like to form part of a family. At the age we are now we’re not going to wait five years." Turning his atttention to this week's Italian Open, Nadal is putting no pressure on himself.
"[My] expectation is to always go on court and try to feel competitive," he told reporters. "That’s the first goal. Go on court, feel [that I’m] competitive. And then I will see how I feel and what kind of goals I can look for."
Rafael Nadal entered the Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals with a 9-0 record against Diego Schwartzman. But instead of looking for excuses after losing to the Argentine for the first time, the Spaniard is only seeking ways to improve.
“We can find excuses, but I didn't play well enough. Then we have to think internally, 'Why? How I can fix it?'” Nadal said. “Now is not the moment to find excuses. [It’s] just the moment to accept that I didn't play well enough.
It was not my night at all. He played a great match I think and [I didn't],” Nadal said. “When this happens, you have to lose. These things can happen. After such a long time without competing, I played two good matches, and now today I played a bad one against a good opponent. That's how it is. I just want to congratulate Diego and I’m going to keep working”.