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Rafael Nadal & Maria Sharapova Make History at French Open

Rafael Nadal poses with La Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy after winning the 2012 French Open on Monday (June 11) at Roland Garros in Paris, France.

The 26-year-old Spaniard beat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 – passing Bjorn Borg for the most French Open titles.

On Saturday, Maria Sharapova also made history when she defeated Italy’s Sara Errani for her first French Open title, which completed a career Grand Slam.

She’s now the 10th woman to win Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the U.S. Open, and the French Open and will climb back to a No. 1 ranking!

“I’m celebrating this weekend’s victory at such a deep, personal level,” Maria tells JustJared.com. “I am moved by all of the support I have received from my fans and those who believe in me. This win is one of my most treasured moments in my career.”

FYI: Maria designed her own French Open look in collaboration with Nike.

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Rafael Nadal: Birthday Celebration in Paris!

Rafael Nadal is all smiles as he poses with his birthday cake during the 2012 French Open on Sunday (June 3) at Roland Garros in Paris, France.

The Spanish tennis champ celebrated his 26th birthday – Happy belated birthday, Rafael!!!

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On the same day, Rafael attended the launch of the new French premium network beIN Sport.

“Last Night we celebrated my birthday at Cafe de la Paix,” Rafael wrote on his Facebook page. “Thanks to all for your birthday Greetings.”

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Rafael Nadal: Alma Nadal Charity Match!

Rafael Nadal is all smiles at the Alma Nadal charity math presentation held at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Monday (May 7) in Madrid, Spain.

Late last month, the 25-year-old Spanish tennis champ made history by winning the 2012 Barcelona Open. His latest title made him the first player in the Open Era to win two tournaments seven times!

“This is the hardest match I had on clay court this season, David [Ferrer] always takes you to the limit,” Rafa told Spanish state TV after the match (via ESPN). “A bit of it was lottery, luck fell on my side today.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo & Rafael Nadal Battle It Out for Nike

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and tennis champ Rafael Nadal smile at a monitor during a shoot for their latest Nike commercial for the Mercurial Vapor VIII shoes.

The sports studs battled it out on a tennis court, playing their respective sports against each other. Check out some of the awesome moves that Cristiano did!

Earlier this week, Rafael sadly had to withdraw himself from the Sony Ericsson Open because of knee problems that had been bothering him throughout earlier rounds of the competition.


Cristiano Ronaldo & Rafael Nadal: Nike Commercial

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Rafael Nadal: Shirtless at the Sony Ericsson Open!

Rafael Nadal goes shirtless during day seven of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday (March 25) at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla.

The 25-year-old Spanish tennis champ defeated Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-2.

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“I am just happy to be in the fourth round winning two matches with [a] positive feeling and with comfortable results,” Rafael told reporters after the match. “I will just try to keep doing well and try to keep improving a little bit by the level.”

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Bar Refaeli & Rafael Nadal: Shirtless for 'Sports Illustrated'!

Bar Refaeli and tennis champ Rafael Nadal both go shirtless in this pic from Sports Illustrated‘s 2012 Swimsuit Issue.

The 26-year-old Israeli model worked with photographer Walter Iooss Jr. for a sexy feature titled “Bar & the Boys.”

Bar also showed off her bikini body while posing with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and NBA star Chris Paul.

“@CP3 @MichaelPhelps @RafaelNadal FINALLY it’s out! so much fun working with legends as u! u guys rock! loved every moment! LUV the pictures,” she tweeted after the photos were unveiled.

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Rafael Nadal Wants Two Wimbledon Wins in 2012

Rafael Nadal attends Bacardi Limited’s “Champions Drink Responsibly” event at Encore St. Kilda on Thursday (January 12) in Melbourne, Australia.

The 25-year-old Spanish tennis champ, who’s in town for the Australian Open, recently talked about his goals for another Grand Slam tournament – winning twice at Wimbledon this summer.

“It’s the best tennis club in the world so to have the chance to enjoy it as usual and then at the Olympics [a few weeks later] will be something completely different, amazing,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Confidence is the most important thing in this sport and the confidence from winning Wimbledon would make it easier to win the Olympics,” Rafa added. “Either would be difficult, both even more – but the winner at Wimbledon will be the favorite for the Olympics. It can happen.”

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