There was something inevitable about the semi-final between Nadal and Djokovic - the world's number 2 and number 3. The first two sets were exactly as you would expect. The Spaniard took them 6-4 and 6-2. He then went 3-0 up in the third set. All was looking set for the inevitable victory. Remember, Nadal has never lost a match at Roland Garros.
But then suddenly things changed. It was as if Djokovic had filled up and taken the last drop of energy from the filling station. Suddenly he was fired up and Nadal was running out. The Serb's family - mother, father and younger brother - were leaping up and down and doing synchonised hand gestures, as though they'd been rehearsing for ages. Djokovic bought the match back to 5-5. He found passing shots that didn't exist and there was nothing Nadal could do. The crowd were going mad. There's nothing they like more than an underdog (although number 3 in the world is hardly that!) and they have a special place in their hearts for Djokovic anyway.
At tie-break Nadal took the first six points to lead 6-0; but Djokovic wasn't finished. He gave it everything he had and somehow saved the first four match points. But it couldn't last and Nadal, who by this time was looking decidedly vexed, did a rapid whack to the Serb's backhand and it was all over. The crowd gave them both a standing ovation and it was well deserved.