Three Hours In: One Set All, Five Games All
Somehow, the level of play ascended in the third set. Djokovic and Nadal broke each other early on with return-game gems, before the Serbian broke back—at love—for a 4-3 lead. Of course, Rafa responded—but Djokovic held strong, and his serve, for 5-3.
But Nadal being Nadal, it wasn't quite enough. With Djokovic serving at 5-4, 30-0, Nadal won four consecutive points to once again answer, and raise the stakes. The crowd was enthralled.