A Shirtless Rafael Nadal Relaxes In Mexico With His Childhood Sweetheart [PHOTOS]

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Before defeating David Ferrer to win this year’s Mexican Open, tennis star Rafael Nadal took a break on February 23rd to relax with his girlfriend, Maria Francisca Perello.

The couple showed off their beach-ready figures while walking along the beach in Cozumel, Mexico.

Perello and Nadal have been dating for seven years, who also grew up in Majorca, Spain.  Perello, who works in insurance, has said that their relationship works because they’re not attached at the hip.  

“Travelling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me,” Perello said in 2011.  “He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around waiting on his needs all day wears me out. It would asphyxiate me.”