World no.2 Novak Djokovic successfully opened his Mubadala World Tennis Championship title defence in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The Serbian top player beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-3 in 74 minutes in the semi-finals at the Zayed Sports City tennis complex to set up final meeting with David Ferrer (d. Nadal 6-4, 6-4).
Djokovic and Tsonga exchanged breaks in the opening set. Novak won a tie-breaker 7-5 to take the lead.
The 26-year-old Belgrade native took the momentum into the second set. He broke his opponent in the sixth game and consolidated it for 5-2. Nole closed out the match two games later firing three aces.
“Tsonga was playing great, it was high-quality tennis and I’m sure the fans enjoyed the game. I’m satisfied with all that I did on court today,” said Novak.
The Mubadala Tennis exhibition final is scheduled on Saturday at 14.00 CET.
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