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. Rafael and stunning beauty sparked romance back in 2005 and have been going strong ever since. Shy Xisca also rarely appears next to her man at red carpet events.
It was tough work for the 25-year-old who squandered five set points, once on serve and four others that Nadal managed to hold serve.
Nadal needed three match points to see off a remarkably resilient Dimitrov and win through to Sunday's final against Federer.
(HIGHLIGHTS)Maria Francisca Perello, who has been dating Nadal since 2005, was present in the stands during his boyfriend’s hard fought victory and the 14-times Grand Slam winner made it a point to mention her in the post-match interview.
When the interviewer noted this is the first time in 10 trips to the Australian Open that Nadal had brought his girlfriend with him, the Spaniard replied, “After 10 years finally, my girlfriend gets a wild card to come here.”It was Rafael Nadal’s first win over a top-10 player at a Grand Slam since he defeated number two Novak Djokovic to win the title at Roland Garros in 2014, his last major win.
Earlier, 30-year-old Nadal was seen enjoying the company of his number one fan.
The Spaniard's long-term girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello, known as Xisca, has been in the stands at all his matches and the pair were pictured sharing a loving embrace outside a Melbourne hotel earlier this month.
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.
"When Rafael got back he said, ‘Thank God you didn’t come.' The place had been swarming with photographers.