The family all flew back to Mallorca the day after the Wimbledon final (2008), and it was straight back to life as usual. Did they have a celebration party? “No,” said Sebastian Nadal. “There was the official dinner the night of the match, for which we arrived incredibly late because Rafael had to do so many media interviews, and that was it. We’re not very given to celebrations. I remember the match, and always will, but what happened afterwards? Nothing much.”
Seventh-time lucky: Rafael Nadal with his French Open trophy. Photo: Michel Euler/AP
Edited excerpts from Rafa: My Storyby Rafael Nadal with John Carlin; Sphere, 2011.