The heavy rains in Paris forced French Open officials to postpone the men's final between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Novak Djokovic until Monday.

Play was suspended Sunday after three hours with Nadal leading 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 and Djokovic on serve just as the Spaniard ended an eight-game losing streak and with the Serb up a break.

The match will resume on Monday at 1:00 p.m. (1100 GMT), tournament organizers said.

This is the first time since 1973 that a final has not been completed on Sunday at Roland Garros.

Rain forced the 1973 final between Romania's Ilie Nastase and Yugoslavia's Nikola Pilic to be played on Tuesday due to the heavy rains on Sunday and Monday.

Nastase defeated Nikola Pilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.

Nadal got off to a great start on Sunday, breaking Djokovic in the 1st game and in the 3rd game of the first set. The Serb broke Nadal in the 4th game and again two games later.

The Spaniard was able to get the break right back, taking the 7th game from Djokovic and then holding to take the set 6-4.

Nadal kept the pressure on Djokovic in the second set, getting a quick break in the 1st game.

The Serb, however, began to show some life and got a break in the 4th game, only to get broken in the 7th game.

Play was suspended due to rain with Nadal up 5-3 and Djokovic serving after the two men had been battling each other for one hour and 52 minutes.

The action resumed following a 30-minute delay and Nadal picked up where he had left off, breaking Djokovic in the 9th game and taking the second set 6-3.

Nadal held serve to open the third set and then quickly broke Djokovic, but the Serb came storming back and broke the Spaniard in the 3rd, 5th and 7th games.

Djokovic managed to hold serve and take the third set 6-2 as the rain started to come down again.

The Serb broke Nadal in the 1st game of the fourth set, but play was suspended again after the 3rd game, with Djokovic up 2-1.

Tournament officials later decided to postpone the continuation of the match until Monday.

Nadal, the world No. 2, is seeking a record 7th French Open title, while the Serb is trying to become just the third man in tennis history to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously. EFE