Crosscourt: Tennis ace Rafael Nadal. By Getty Images

“Wait a minute. We can’t have this." Carlos and I looked at him puzzled and mildly irritated, as if to say, “What now?"

“Can’t have what?"

“You, Rafael, walking in the middle like that."

In Toni’s mind we were conveying the message to passersby that I was the special one of the three, as if he and Carlos were my bodyguards, or courtiers.

Edited extracts from ‘Rafa: My Story’ by Rafael Nadal with John Carlin, Hachette, 2011.

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