Nadal sports £600,000 watch as he smashes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a straight sets victory at Wimbledon

Nadal sports £600,000 watch as he smashes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a straight sets victory at Wimbledon

Rafa’s time to shine: Nadal sports a £600,000 watch as he smashes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a straight sets victory at Wimbledon

The RM 27-03 is made by luxury Swiss watch maker Richard Mille and would cost £578,000Nadal sported slightly altered version featuring white strap to avoid breaking Wimbledon’s clothing rulesThe 33-year-old Spaniard defeated Frenchman Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in just 1 hour and 48 minutes in the third round match 

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Rafael Nadal wore a Richard Mille watch worth a staggering £578,000 during his third-round straight sets victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon. 

The Spaniard punished the Frenchman, 34, by defeating him 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, in just one hour and 48 minutes. 

And he brought style to the match with his magnificent time piece, the RM 27-03, which normally features a red and yellow strap to symoblise Spain but today had a white strap because of Wimbledon’s strict all-white clothing rules.  

Rafael Nadal wore a Richard Mille watch worth a staggering £578,000 during his third-round straight sets victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon. The Spaniard punished the Frenchman, 34, by defeating him 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, in just one hour and 48 minutes. And he brought style to the match with his magnificent time piece, the RM 27-03, which normally features a red and yellow strap to symoblise Spain but today had a white strap because of Wimbledon’s strict all-white clothing rules

The luxury Swiss watch is made from carbon and titanium and painted in the colours of the Spanish flag and its makers claim it can withstand shocks up to 10,000Gs. 

Its internal workings are visible through the sparking glass and its manual mechanism means it needs to be wound – though one winding lasts up to 70 hours.

While most tennis fans would not be able to afford the ludicrously expensive watch, Nadal is able to wear it for free thanks to the fact that he is sponsored by luxury maker Richard Mille. 

Nadal strikes the ball during his rapid victory over Tsonga Nadal applauds the crowd after his victory

 While most tennis fans would not be able to afford the ludicrously expensive watch, Nadal is able to wear it for free thanks to the fact that he is sponsored by luxury maker Richard Mille. Above left: Nadal strikes the ball during his rapid victory over Tsonga. Above right: Nadal applauds the crowd after his victory

Nadal was one of the first professional players to wear a watch on the court, and he has previously worn other luxury watches made by Richard Mille. 

In his match against Tsonga, the 33-year-old Spaniard – a two-time champion at SW19 – was on top form.

It was his first meeting with the Frenchman at Wimbledon since 2015, and Nadal secured an early break to move 4-1 ahead in the first set, making just three unforced errors.

In the second set, Tsonga was able to win his service games until Nadal broke him to lead 4-1 and eventually take the set 6-3. 

Nadal then dominated the third set as he gained a double break and served out the match in his final game without dropping a point. 

Nadal then dominated the third set as he gained a double break and served out the match in his final game without dropping a point. Above: Tsonga falls to the turf during his defeat against Nadal

Nadal then dominated the third set as he gained a double break and served out the match in his final game without dropping a point. Above: Tsonga falls to the turf during his defeat against Nadal

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