Photos: Novak Djokovic’s and Rafael Nadal’s Girlfriend Photos: Which French Open Finalist Has the Hotter Girl?
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | Jun 10, 2012 03:53 PM EDT
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will battle it out for the fourth consecutive grand slam final at Roland Garros on Sunday. In one tennis' most eagerly-anticipated matches in recent times, both men will have huge incentives to claim the victory.
Rafael Nadal is seeking a record seventh French Open title that would set him apart as the undisputed greatest clay-court player of all time. A win for the Serbian, meanwhile, will complete a so-called "Djoker Slam" and see him become the first man since Rod Laver 43 years ago to hold all four grand slam title simultaneously.
It promises to be a contest for the ages in the latest installment of what has become the greatest rivalry in tennis.
Away from the court there also promises to be much to keep spectators entertained. Both Nadal and Djokovic will have their girlfriends in the stands cheering them on every step of the way to what both men hope will be a glorious finale.
Djokovic has been dating the striking Jelena Ristic since 2005 and she has become a regular fixture courtside at his matches. Not too much is known about Ristic, but she reportedly gained a bachelor's degree in finance from Bocconi University in Milan, before moving with Djokovic to Monaco to work for a major oil and energy operator.
Nadal's has also been dating his girlfriend, Maria Francisca Perello since 2005. And, like Ristic, "Xisca" is also business-savvy, having attained a degree in business administration and secured a job with an insurance company in the pair's home island of Mallorca.
While rooting for your favorite in the French Open final check out the pictures below and decide who to choose as your new favorite off the court.
Ristic has become Djokovic's most passionate supporter from the sidelines.Source: http://greattennisphotos.blogs Date:06/10/2012
Despite her best efforts to stay out of the limelight, Xisca is always sought out by eager photographers.Source: http://picofdaday.blogspot.com Date:06/10/2012
Jelena watches Djokovic in action at Wimbledon.Source: http://nathabright.blogspot.co Date:06/10/2012
Says Xisca of the celebrity world: "It’s not a world I want to be part of, nor do I think Rafa would have chosen to be with a woman who looked for that in life."Source: http://picofdaday.blogspot.com Date:06/10/2012
Jelena Ristic watches on as Novak Djokovic competes at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai in 2008.Source: http://fashion-itlay.blogspot. Date:06/08/2012
Living together on the Spanish island of Mallora, Xisca and Rafael get to soak up plenty of sun.Source: http://playerpicture-24.blogsp Date:06/10/2012
Jelena and Novak have embraced their celebrity status in Serbia to a greater degree; appearing together on the cover of the country's edition of Hello! magazine.Source: http://ticktotack.blogspot.com Date:06/10/2012
While a supportive presence in Nadal's phenomenally successful career, Xisca has not always been at courtside. "Traveling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me," she says.Source: http://topsportsplayers100.blo Date:06/10/2012
Jelena, meanwhile, has been an almost constant presence at Djokovic's matches, often looking more tense than her boyfriend on the court.Source: http://wow-legs.blogspot.com Date:06/10/2012
Xisca watches Nadal in action on the only occasion which he has gotten the better of Djokovic in a grand slam final, at the 2010 US Open.Source: http://fanrafa.blogspot.com Date:06/10/2012