PARIS: Novak Djokovic fought back in his French Open final against Rafael Nadal by claiming the third set to trail 6-4, 6-3, 2-6 on Sunday.
The Spaniard raced into a 3-0 lead in the opening set with two breaks of serve as his forehand pierced holes in Djokovic's defensive armour.
Nadal, who is seeking a record seventh French Open title, had the opportunity to go 4-0 up, but missed a forehand wide allowing the Serb, who is bidding to win his fourth straight major, to force his way back into the tie.
He cleverly dragged Nadal out of court and then finished him off with crunching winners to draw level with a double break of his own.
After putting in the effort to get himself back in the set, he allowed Nadal to edge ahead again with a double fault at break point in the seventh game and he finished it off three games later with a forehand across court.
The second set began in a similar vein to the first with Djokovic losing his opening service game with a double fault on break point and then fighting back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 as the drizzle began to fall on Court Philippe Chatrier.