30.10.2019 - 10:50 Uhr
Rafael Nadal returns to main draw action on Wednesday at the Rolex Paris Masters for the first time since winning the US Open title and also, for the first time as a newlywed. The 33-year-old Spaniard married longtime girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello on 19 October in Mallorca.“The wedding had been a great day for me, for my wife, I think for the guests, too – for all the people that shared this special day with all of us,” said Nadal, ahead of his Paris opener. “It was a great party. I’ve been with my girlfriend for 15 years, so nothing’s changed in my normal life. Just was the moment to do it and we made it happen.”The Spaniard could be celebrating another big milestone this week in Paris. Should Nadal win his first title at this ATP Masters 1000 tournament, he would clinch the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking for the fifth time.“Happy to be back here in Paris,” said Nadal, who has won a record 12 titles at Roland Garros. “As everybody knows, it’s the most important city in my tennis career without a doubt, even if I’ve never won here in Bercy.”The World No. 2 begins his Rolex Paris Masters campaign on Wednesday evening against French wild card Adrian Mannarino.



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For a big server like Alexander Bublik, reaching speeds of 210kph (130mph) is achievable. But what about reaching exactly 210 kph; not 1 kph under or 1 kph over? That's an entirely different challenge."To be honest, I usually hit a bit harder," Bublik joked as he undertook the challenge while Peugeot, an ATP Tour and Hamburg European Open partner, celebrated its 210th anniversary. “It might take like three hours, but it’s fine,” Bublik joked.The 23-year-old was not far off. It took the World No. 56 dozens of tries, including several serves within a kilometre or two of 210. “Are you insane?” “Are you sure it’s going to show 210?”Finally, Bublik accomplished the feat, jumping up and down to celebrate.“Finally! I mean, I don’t want to serve 35 baskets,” Bublik said, cracking a laugh. “Finally we hit it because my shoulder started feeling it… I’m very happy.”Bublik, a lucky loser in Hamburg, advanced to the quarter-finals on Wednesday after defeating #NextGenATP Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-2. He has hit 19 aces through two matches, so perhaps all that serve practice is paying off!While cars have not been around for 210 years, the Peugeot family dates back to the 19th century fashion revolution - with the steel-wire in the crinoline skirts - and then the mobility revolution, with bicycles and cars. On 26th September 1810, the PEUGEOT Frères Aînés company was officially founded.