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Nadal's gal prefers to remain in the background

London, July 9 : Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal's 20-year-old girlfriend Xisca Perello is camera-shy, and prefers to remain in the background.

However, on Tuesday, the lovebirds enjoyed a day at the beach.

Both have been a pair for three years, but are determined not to become a "celebrity" couple.

Xisca, a student, has always sought to keep Rafa grounded, though he has won three French Open titles and Wimbledon this year.

The Daily Star quoted a pal, as saying: "She likes to keep a low profile - so low that until recently many of Rafa's pals didn't even know who she was. Xisca is a quiet girl who likes dinner with her girlfriends, Hollywood movies and just spending tender moments with Rafael. She knows there is a lot of hype surrounding him but won't let it go to their heads."

Nadal, 22, said recently of Xisca, whose full name is Maria Francisca: "She is perfect for me, because she is very relaxed and easy-going."

Story first published: Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 14:13 [IST]
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