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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Australia's Nick Kyrgios in their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal makes a forehand return to to compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta during their third round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.

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The rains might be giving Melbourne a right royal dunking, but no ashen-faced nation needed it more: months of bushfires had brought rural Australia to its knees—killing, scorching, decimating. The Rally For Relief fundraiser at the Australian Open did its mite. The A-list recruited for the job had just to smile: Rafa, Djokovic, Serena, Caroline Wozniacki...Roger that!

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Spain's Rafael Nadal makes backhand return during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a forehand return during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia

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From left, Rafael Nadal of Spain, Serena Williams of the United States and Novak Djokovic of Serbia participate in the Rally For Relief at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Tennis stars have come together for the Rally for Relief to raise money in aid of the bushfire relief efforts across Australia.

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From left, Roger Federer of Switzerland, Nick Kyrgios of Australia, Naomi Osaka of Japan, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem of Austria, Serena Williams of the United States, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Coco Gauff of the United States, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Rafael Nadal of Spain pose for a photo during the Rally For Relief at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Tennis stars have come together for the Rally for Relief to raise money in aid of the bushfire relief efforts across Australia.

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Rafael Nadal, front, and Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain celebrate winning a point against Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen of Belgium during their ATP Cup tennis match in Sydney.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal practices in Sydney ahead of Friday's ATP Cup tennis match in Sydney.

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Rafael Nadal from Spain, right, stands next to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, celebrates after Nadal won the final match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Rafael Nadal from Spain returns the ball to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the final match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning their Davis Cup semifinal doubles match with his partner Feliciano Lopez against Great Britain's Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski in Madrid, Spain.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal lifts the ATP World Number 1 trophy following the presentation on court after his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece at the ATP World Tours Finals in the O2 Arena in London

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Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a return to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during their ATP World Tours Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrate after winning match point against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after winning a point against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal speaks during a press conference after pulling out of the Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris due to an injury.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against France's Jo Wilfried Tsonga in a quarterfinal match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating 6-4, 6-4 Swiss Stan Wawrinka during the 3rd round match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris, France.

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She has been a fixture in all the major tournaments, looking on serenely as a rampaging Rafa grinds it to his own will—a picture of quiet emotional support born of love, as uncle Tony worked out the technical points. We have occasionally seen Mery Perello clinched in seashore ecstasy with Rafael. Ah, after 14 years, it surely is time. The two wed in an expensive property in Mallorca—the only grand slam that matters in Nadal’s life.

Team Europe pose with the Laver Cup trophy after defeating Team world's, at the Laver Cup tennis event, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, hugs the trophy after defeating Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, to win the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, during the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after defeating Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, to win the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning the first set against Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, during the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, during the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, in the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Nadal will now take on Matteo Berrettini for a place in the US Open final.

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Rafael Nadal overcame a spirited effort from Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to move within two wins of his 19th Grand Slam title.

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Rafael Nadal hit 37 winners, breaking Marin Cilic six times in another impressive display.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning his match against Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

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Rafael Nadal cruised into the fourth round of the US Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Hyeon Chung at Flushing Meadows on Saturday (August 31).

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After having won his first round, Rafael Nadal is yet to face his second round opponent, Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating John Millman, of Australia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal and Switzerland's Roger Federer, right, pose a men's singles semifinal match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning a men's quarterfinal match against United States' Sam Querrey on day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal returns to Portugal's Joao Sousa in a Men's singles match during day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal returns to Australia's Nick Kyrgios in a Men's singles match during day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Japan's Sugita Yuichi in a singles match during day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

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When you keep on winning an event, piling on trophies—12 of them—an entire generation of people would mostly have seen you triumph. Well that’s Rafael Nadal, the French Open and an admiring horde of ballgirls. As Boris Becker put it, the genius triumvirate of Rafa, Federer and Djokovic has kept everyone from winning anything since 2017. Learn from them, ye hopeless young men.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal bites the trophy as he celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men's final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in three sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Germany's Yannick Maden during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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Rafael Nadal, right, of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose with their trophies at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Fernando Verdasco of Spain during their quarterfinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain.

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Rafael Nadal, from Spain, celebrates after winning Frances Tiafoe, from US, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during his men's singles match at the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal serves the ball to Argentina's Guido Pella during their quarterfinal match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates a point against Karen Khachanov, of Russia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California.

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Congrats to Rafael Nadal and Maria Perello for planning to tie the knot. We can’t wait to see what the bride will wear, but for now, the bikini suits us/her fine. We can hear the DJ too: Rafa Rafa dekho aankh meri ladi hai.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, right, holds his trophy as he stands with Spain's Rafael Nadal after winning the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, is congratulated by Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas after winning their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal, top, waits for a return shot from United States' Frances Tiafoe during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating United States' Frances Tiafoe in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Raphael Nadal of Spain during a training session at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, challenges a call during the second set against Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Dominic Thiem, of Austria, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Dominic Thiem, of Austria, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili, of Georgia, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Karen Khachanov, of Russia, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, heads toward the net during a second-round match against Vasek Pospisil, of Canada, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after defeating Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Toronto.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Benoit Paire, of France, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Toronto.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain closes his eyes in dejection after losing a point during the men's singles semifinals match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after losing a point during his men's singles semifinals match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in their men's quarterfinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after winning a point in his men's singles match against Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain falls after returning the ball to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, during their men's singles match, on the fourth day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, in their men's singles match, on the fourth day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his men's singles match against Dudi Sela, of Israel, on the second day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.

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Lucas Pouille of France, left, celebrates after beating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their match on day four of the Aspall Classic at the Hurlingham Club, London.

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Eleven-times French Open winner Spain's Rafael Nadal bites the trophy as he celebrates after the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Austria's Dominic Thiem who was beaten in three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in three sets 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in four sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal grimaces as he plays Argentina's Guido Pella during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal returns a shot against Italy's Simone Bolelli during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.

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Rafael Nadal from Spain celebrates his win over Gael Monfils from France at the end of their Madrid Open tennis tournament match in Madrid, Spain. Nadal won 6-3 and 6-1.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal poses with his trophy after winning the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament final in Barcelona, Spain. Nadal defeated Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal holds the trophy as he celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, in Monaco.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, is consoled by Croatia's Marin Cilic after he retired injured from their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates a point win against Croatia's Marin Cilic during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain waves to supporters after losing his singles tennis match against David Goffin of Belgium at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his victory over Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during the third round of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Hyeon Chung of South Korea during the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning his men's semifinals match against Marin Cilic of Croatia in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China.

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Winner's Roger Federer of Switzerland, left, holding the winner's trophy and Rafael Nadal of Spain pose with their trophies after the award ceremony for the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China. Federer defeated Nadal to win the tournament.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning his men's singles match against Fabio Fognini of Italy in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand shot against Jared Donaldson of the United States during their men's singles match in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot from Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during a men's singles semi-final match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with the winner's trophy after beating Nick Kyrgios of Australia in the men's singles championship match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain serves a shot from Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during a men's singles semi-final match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Lucas Pouille of France in men's singles match of the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing.

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Europe's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning a point against World's John Isner during their Laver Cup tennis match in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Europe's Rafael Nadal, right, watches his teammate Roger Federer, left, returning a ball to World's Jack Sock and Sam Querrey during their Laver Cup doubles tennis match in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Team Europe together with tennis legend Australian Rod Laver hold a trophy after defeating team World in the Laver Cup tennis tournament in Prague, Czech Republic.

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