Defending champion Novak Djokovic captured his third Mubadala World Tennis Championship in a row on Saturday, ousting David Ferrer in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.
The ATP world no.2 maintained his unbeaten record in Abu Dhabi and became the first player to win three crowns. In 2011 he topped Ferrer, and the 2012 tournament culminated with victory over Nicolas Almagro.
The 2013 exhibition event brought together six of the top 10 players in a 3-day competition held at the International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City complex.
In the match for third place, Spaniard Rafael Nadal defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Ferrer started better, breaking for 3-1 lead. However, Djokovic fought back immediately and sealed the crucial break in the 11th game to take the opening set 7-5.
A double break in the second set propelled Nole to a 4-0 lead which was enough for him to close out victory four games later.
“First of all, it was a great tournament this year. I hope you all enjoyed and thanks a lot for your support and presents these three days,” Novak said. “It’s always a great pleasure coming to Abu Dhabi. People love tennis here and it’s a beautiful center court. I’m very satisfied with the way I played, it’s a perfect start of the season.”
It was Novak’s only preparation for the 2014 Australian Open (January 13-26). For the past two years, he’s gone on from victories in Abu Dhabi to win the first Major event of the year.
Photo: Nida Alibhai, Tennis Panorama News