‘I was not invited’ Royalty attended Rafael Nadal’s wedding – but not pal Roger Federer
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Tennis legend Rafael Nadal, 35, married his long-time girlfriend since 2005 Xisca Perello, 31, on Saturday in a star-studded ceremony at a castle in Mallorca. And while Juan Carlos I, the king of Spain from 1975 to 2014, was spotted arriving to La Fortaleza to attend the wedding among other famous faces, Nadal’s fierce competitor and close friend Roger Federer revealed he didn’t get an invite
I congratulated him on his wedding day and I did not expect him to reply
But not to worry, the eight-time Wimbledon winner admitted he didn’t expect one, despite the two being great pals.
“I was not invited and I did not expect it,” Federer said on Sunday.
“That’s not a problem at all! I congratulated him on his wedding day and I did not expect him to reply.
“I knew he had better things to do. Like celebrating in a big way,” he joked.
“I am happy to see him and ask him how it went.”
Federer had previously revealed he would be busy preparing for the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel, his home town, while the wedding was taking place.
There were a reported 350 guests invited to the lavish ceremony, which included Nadal’s close team members, his tour colleagues and celebrities from outside the sport.
Nadal is currently ranked world No.5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals, and remained in the No.1 spot for a whopping total of 209 weeks.
He finished as the year-end No.1 five times and has been highly regarded as being among one of the greatest tennis players to ever pick up a racquet.
He has 19 grand slam singles titles to his name, just one behind Federer, and has won 85 singles titles overall.
Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic have been pitted against each other for years, but the Spanish professional admitted he isn’t interested in a proposed film surrounding “the GOAT debate”, referring to player who is the “greatest-of-all-time”.
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Speaking to Spanish media on Sunday, he shrugged: “I’ll tell you one thing, and I say it with my hand on my heart.
“I understand this whole GOAT movie that has been built around all of this. I live in my day to day, and my day to day and my concerns are different to all this about being the best in history.
“I am being honest, this is not a show. In the end, we have coincided as three players who have obviously achieved special things in the history of our sport. No one had done them before.
“If someone ends up winning more, then fantastic; really. Somehow, the three of us have far exceeded any of our expectations from when we were young.”
He added: “We have all fulfilled our dream and we have surpassed it by quite a bit. And the reality is that I am very happy with everything that has happened until today.
“That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to continue enjoying what I do, but I don’t live with the inner anguish or desperation of wanting to be the one with the most (Grand Slams).
“If it comes, it comes. I don’t think my future happiness depends on whether I end up winning one more Grand Slam than Novak or Roger.
“I will continue doing what I do to continue enjoying my career to the fullest,” he smiled.
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