Even when he's losing, he never gives up, and it's thrilling to watch him ­hunker down, drawing on his relish for battle and his monumental force of will.

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She was cast for fashion production abroad, among them Dim, and appeared in the French ELLE magazine.

She is the first Israeli model to be featured in Sports Illustrated magazine; the same picture was later published on the cover of Maxim.

Refaeli won the title "Model of The Year" in a beauty contest in 20.

She was also chosen to be the home model of Renuar fashion network and appeared in their summer 2002 and winter 2003 catalogues.

Talking with Rafael Nadal, I once reached out and touched his arm.

This slight, impulsive gesture prompted two thoughts: that merely attain­ing such proximity to Rafa was enough to garner envy from women worldwide, and that his skin feels like satin.

She appeared on the cover of the March 2006 issue of GQ Italy.

She was in the March 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated in a swimsuit and posed with the band Aerosmith as well.

He plays each shot with a ravenous appe­tite for the game, the ­challenge, the competition.

Former Andre Agassi coach Brad Gilbert once called ­rallying with Nadal "an education in pain." As Jimmy Connors puts it, "He plays like he's broke." Other commentators have been moved to say that if your life were at stake and you had to pick one guy to play for it, you'd want Nadal to be that player.

In the seven years that Nadal's come to New York City for the US Open, he's made six pilgrimages to Ground Zero to pay his ­respects.