It was an emotional moment for Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday as he reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2015.The occasion was made extra special by the presence of his long-time girlfriend - Maria Francisca Perello.The ninth seed Spaniard defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at the Rod Laver Arena in almost three hours.He will face Milos Raonic as a clash with Roger Federer looms large.Rafael Nadal has not gone beyond the fourth round here since 2011 and has suffered some shocking defeats in the process, but the Spaniard insisted that his recent record at the All England Club had not affected his mindset going into the tournament.
Speaking about their relationship, friend Pedro Hernadez had said: 'Raf and Xisca are both very shy and ordinary people who like to live simply.'They are not at all interested in a celebrity lifestyle.
But Muller, who was the first player to beat a raw Nadal at Wimbledon back in 2005, repeated the trick 12 years later by triumphing 15-13 in an epic fifth set which lasted two and a quarter hours.
Xisca grimaced as she watched her man crash out before exhaling loudly whilst reclining in her seat.
The long term partner of Rafa Nadal shuns the spotlight and while she does attend certain matches to support her boyfriend, she's by no means a firm fixture in the players' box.
For instance Maria Francisca Perello, known as Xisca, only joined her partner of 10 years at the Australian Open for the first time this year.