Spaniards eye semi-final places in Wimbledon

Spain is hoping for a strong Spanish presence in the upcoming men's Wimbledon semi-finals with both David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco playing in the tournament's quarter finals on Wednesday.

Spaniards eye semi-final places in Wimbledon
Spain's Fernando Verdasco celebrates beating France's Kenny De Schepper during their fourth round men's singles clash at Wimbledon. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP

Fourth-seed Ferrer will face off against Argentinian eighth seed Juan Martín del Potro for a spot in the tournament's semi-finals.

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament in which the man from Alicante hasn't reached that milestone. 

"It's an extra motivation," Ferrer — who will officially hold the world number three ranking as of Monday — was quoted as saying in Spanish daily 20minutos.

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World number 54 Verdasco, meanwhile, is set for a tough duel with home favourite and world number two, the Scot Andy Murray. 

Armed with a new trainer in Ricardo Sánchez, the Madrid local will be hoping to revive a career which has seen something of a slump since 2009 when he reached his highest world ranking of seventh place.

The matches will be played 2pm onwards.

Spain's other male tennis ace Rafa Nadal was knocked out in the first round of the 2013 Wimbledon tournament by rank outsider and world number 135 Steve Darcis of Belgium.  

The country's top female player, 18th ranked Carla Suarez Navarro, saw her exit in the fourth round at the hands of Czech world number eight Petra Kvitova.

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IN PICS: Rafa Nadal weds childhood sweetheart in Mallorca

Rafael Nadal married his partner of 14 years, Xisca Perello, at a castle in Mallorca on Saturday.

IN PICS: Rafa Nadal weds childhood sweetheart in Mallorca
Photo: Fundacion Rafa Nadal

Nadal, the 19-time grand slam champion, tied the knot with 31-year-old Perello at La Fortaleza, with a reported 350 guests invited to a private ceremony.

Juan Carlos I, the king of Spain from 1975 to 2014, was believed to be among those in attendance while the Michelin-star chef, Quique Dacosta, was reportedly in charge of catering.

The newlyweds shared some official photos of the day through the Fundacion Rafa Nadal, the NGO the tennis player set up on Mallorca

Photo: Fundacion Rafa Nadal


Nadal, 33, met his wife through his younger sister Maribel, a childhood friend of Perello.

They started dating in 2005 when they were both teenagers after meeting several years before.

Photo: Fundacion Rafa Nadal

The couple announced their engagement in January and revealed that the tennis ace had proposed on a romantic trip to Rome last May but chose to  keep the news private.


Perello, has always shunned the media spotlight although she has been pictured courtside at some of Nadal’s biggest matches.

Nadal kisses Perello after winning against France's Gael Monfils in the final tennis match at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament in Monaco on April 17, 2016. 

But she isn't always there. In a 2011 interview with The Daily Telegraph, Perello explained: “He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around and waiting on his needs all day tires me out.

“It would asphyxiate me. And then he would have to be worrying about me… No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there's a risk we might stop getting along.”

She works in insurance and is a business graduate but also serves as project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity which Nadal launched almost ten years ago.

In an interview with sports newspaper Marca last year, the world number 2 hinted that he wouldn't be ready to start a family until he had retired from tennis. 

'I keep my commitment with tennis and my happiness', Nadal told Marca. 'I enjoy both in tennis and outside it. I have a girlfriend too and I am not alone to take decisions.

“Having family? I don't know, things are not easy to be predict. At this age, I thought that I would have already been a former player and that I would have started a family.”

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