Super Start for Djokovic's new season

Published: 29 December, 2013 03:56 IST | Agencies |

Serbian opens new season with thumping win over Ferrer to defend Mubadala World Tennis Championship title

Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Mubadala World Tennis Championship title on Saturday with a final victory over David Ferrer in Abu Dhabi.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic during the final against David Ferrer on Saturday

Serbian Djokovic, who was playing his first tournament of the 2014 season, claimed a 7-5, 6-2 win over Ferrer at Zayed Sports City. Ferrer, who drew first blood breaking Djokovic in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead, could not consolidate his lead and the world No 2 won five points in a row to break back

Novak Djokovic's fiancee Jelena Ristic with the Serbian's new coach Boris Becker
Novak Djokovic’s fiancee Jelena Ristic with the Serbian’s new coach Boris Becker during the final on Saturday. Pics/AFP.

Ferrer found himself three break points down in the 11th game and saved the first with a delightful drop shot at the net. But Djokovic quickly bounced back to earn the break second time with a forehand smash to end a 22-shot rally before seeing out the set. From then on, it was all Djokovic, who wasted little time in wrapping up the match.

Third place for Nadal
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal responded from the defeat to beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the third-placed contest.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

After an evenly fought first set, Tsonga fizzled out in the second set as Nadal stormed to take the game 6-3.

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