Nadal-Djokovic final pushed to Monday

, Last Updated: 9:24 PM ET

Flushing Meadows, NY - The much-anticipated U.S. Open final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has been pushed back to Monday due to steady rain in the area.

The match was scheduled to commence at 4:30 p.m. (et), but nearly two hours later officials made the decision to postpone the final until Monday at 4 p.m.

The top-seeded Nadal is vying to become the youngest player to complete a career Grand Slam in his first U.S. Open final and will try to become the first player to win the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year since Rod Laver claimed the last men's calendar Grand Slam in 1969.

The third-seeded Djokovic, who ousted Swiss star Roger Federer in the semis, is looking for his second Grand Slam and first since the 2008 Australian Open.

This is the third straight year the final will be staged on a Monday due to inclement weather. Last year, Argentine slugger Juan Martin del Potro shocked five-time champion Federer in five sets. In 2008, Federer beat Scotland's Andy Murray in a Monday final.

The women's doubles final also has to finish on Monday. They were in the third set with the second-seeded team of Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova leading the No. 6 seeded duo of Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-2, 4-6, 5-4.


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