What a shot! Monfils jumps HIGH in the air for that shot - but a service hold for Rafa! Indicative of Monfils, firing some really great big shots - but then bottling. Will Nadal break in this set and take the crucial lead for the win, or are we going to a fourth set?
Summarising the set: We've seen some real flashes of brilliance from the flexible, agile Monfils here. Unfortunately, they've remained just that. Flashes. Nadal has been by far the more consistent, constantly here.
Nadal whacks a forehand in, and a long, quick rally ensues. But there's a MASSIVE reach from Monfils to reach for a near-impossible-to-get Rafa backhand, and Monfils SLIDES in there, smooth as butter, to hit it - backwards!
Unfortunately, the point is long. But it was worth a point for the attempt alone!
Many have said Monfils' biggest letdown is his mental game - and they may be right. Today, despite a few niggles and an early call for medical attention, Monfils is returning fairly well - and sneaking a couple of aces in between those pesky errors and double faults..