Ill Djokovic hands Andy Murray first title of 2015
Abu Dhabi: Andy Murray picked up his first trophy of the season without having to play a match after Novak Djokovic withdrew ahead of their final in Abu Dhabi because of fever.
The world number one had looked in fine nick in brushing aside Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the exhibition Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Friday.
Djoko down with fever
Djokovic's withdrawal denied the Scot the chance to follow his thrashing of Rafael Nadal in the last four with another confidence-boosting win over one of his biggest rivals.
But it may also prove to be a blessing for Murray, who felt pain in his left shoulder during his 6-2 6-0 win over Nadal.
Speaking to reporters at the tournament, the 27-year-old said: "I don't know exactly what happened. I've never had anything happen to my left shoulder before.
"It's pretty sore and at the end of the match when I was reaching out to sign autographs it was quite painful."