One of the most curious anecdotes about the Spanish pairing of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez, who won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics happened the day they met each other.
It was Marc, who revealed what happened. 'I met Rafa when he was 12.
I am four years older than him and I was asked if I could play a set practice with him at the Conde de Godò. I beat him 6-0! I won 6-0 against Rafa Nadal but you could already understand how good he could have been.'
'It was not like this,' Nadal interjected, laughing.
'We'd met each other before.'
Coming back serious, Lopez spoke about how it works when he plays with Rafa in doubles. Being a specialist, does he give suggestion to his friend? 'No, in theory I am the specialist but he is a very good player who is able to make a difference.
And for me it's fantastic to have him because has more experience and these matches are tense. I struggle a little bit in these situations.'
Lopez finally spoke about Rafa's availability with fans and especially athletes during the Olympics: 'Everyone took selfies with Rafa.
He is a great guy, he never says "No".'
Speaking about the men's doubles final won with Marc against Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau, Nadal said, 'This success is very important for me especially for the way I prepared for this tournament.
Until 25 days ago, I did not practice, I was at home, could not hit forehand, I would not have imagined to achieve this result. And also because he is my best friend on the Tour. We do not play doubles often together because Marc plays with (Marc) Granollers, but we play well together.' Story by Marca ALSO READ: Olympics: Nadal, Murray and Wozniacki flagbearers in the opening ceremony (PICS INSIDE)