World No 1 tennis ace and PokerStars ambassador, Rafael Nadal yesterday lost out to the world’s best female poker player, Vanessa Selbst in a heads-up poker game yesterday. The Spanish champion finished with a few lesser chips than Selbst in a special charity poker game at the Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco.

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Poker face: World No 1 Spaniard Rafael Nadal is all concentration as he plays poker match with the world’s No 1 female poker player Vanessa Selbst at the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco on Saturday. Pic/AFP.

Nadal was hoping to build on his poker tourney win in Prague last December, where he beat razilian football legend Ronaldo as well as World No 1 poker player Daniel Negreanu.

“It was a great honour to play against a strong competitor and although I lost, I had a lot of fun,” said Nadal on Saturday.

Selbst meanwhile, is open to a re-match. “Rafa played a great game, but the format and the cards were in my favour. I was able to win as I made a number of strong hands. I had an excellent time with Rafa and I’m looking forward to the re-match,” said Selbst.