Tennis: Djokovic and Nadal final delayed by rain

The start of the mouth watering Monte Carlo Masters final between world number one Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal was delayed on Sunday by rain.

The first drops of rain fell just prior to the two players warming up and got heavier forcing the duo to flee the court for the sanctuary of the dressing room.

Nadal is bidding for his ninth successive title in the event while Serbian Djokovic has been beaten by the Spaniard here twice in the final in 2009 and 2012.