London Olympic silver medalist Andrea Hlavackova has shared some adorable photos of her daughter posing with 21-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal.
Hlavackova, 35, won silver in women’s doubles at the 2012 London Olympics with Lucie Hradecka. The pair lost to Venus and Serena Williams in the final. Hlavackova is also a two-time Grand Slam champion, winning Roland Garros 2011 and US Open 2013 (both with Hradecka). She won the 2017 WTA Finals in Istanbul with Timea Babos.
Hlavackova, who retired in 2019, has a two-year-old daughter, Bibi, with former Italian tennis player Fabrizio Sestini. During the ongoing Italian Open in Rome, she shared some photos of Bibi with 10-time men’s singles winner Rafael Nadal.
“Hola Rafa can you take a picture with Bibi? Rafa: Sure Bibi: Noooo,” she captioned her post.
Nadal is at the Rome Masters this week, hoping to successfully defend his title from last year. The Spaniard has a formidable 68-7 record in the Italian capital, winning 10 titles in 12 finals. He is coming off a quarter-final in Madrid last week, where he lost to eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets.
Rafael Nadal set to face top-seeded Novak Djokovic in Rome semi-final
Rafael Nadal has a tough road to the final in Rome this week as he was drawn in the same half as top seed Novak Djokovic.
The 35-year-old is likely to open his campaign against American John Isner, who took two sets from Nadal at Roland Garros 2011. Nadal could face fellow southpaw Denis Shapovalov for a place in the quarter-finals.
His last-eight opponent is likely to be Casper Ruud or Hubert Hurkacz ahead of a blockbuster semi-final showdown with five-time winner Novak Djokovic. Nadal has had a historic rivalry with Djokovic, especially in Roma.
The duo have met nine times in the Italian capital, with Nadal leading 6-3. That includes six finals, with Nadal winning four, including a title match in three sets last year. The legendary southpaw hasn’t lost to Djokovic in Rome in their last three meetings, including two finals, since losing in straight sets in the quarter-finals in 2016.
However, Nadal lost to Djokovic in their last encounter on clay – the 2021 Roland Garros semi-finals. The Serbian became the first Open Era player to win a career Grand Slam double, recovering from two sets to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
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