Mubadala World Tennis Championship: Novak Djokovic beats David Ferrer
Last Updated: 28/12/13 7:14pm
Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy in Abu Dhabi
Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Mubadala World Tennis Championship title on Saturday with victory over David Ferrer in the final in Abu Dhabi.
The Serb claimed a 7-5 6-2 win over Ferrer, who had beaten his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, to claim a third triumph at the event at Zayed Sports City.
Nadal responded from the surprise defeat to beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 7-6 6-3 in the third-place play-off.
Since losing in the final of the US Open, Djokovic has not lost a match, winning five straight tournaments - 26 matches in a row.
The Mubadala event is unofficial, but five of the top 10 in the world were taking part and Djokovic looks intent on reclaiming the world number one spot from Nadal.
He trailed 3-1 to Ferrer - who he lost to five times in 16 official matches between the two - in the first set, but hit back to draw level at 5-5. He held and then broke the Spaniard to clinch the opener.
He was far too good in the second set, breaking twice to clinch victory, sealing it with an ace.
It was Djokovic's first tournament since linking up with new coach Boris
Former grand slam winner Becker was in the crowd to witness his new charge's impressive victory, and Djokovic hopes the success augurs well for what lies ahead in the new season.
"I'm very satisfied with the way I played and I always enjoy coming back here," Djokovic said.
"I have to say I'm really glad to have Boris joining our team. It's great we've started by winning this trophy here. Hopefully we can continue like this during the year."
Ferrer conceded he fell just short of Djokovic's high standard.
"It was tough," said Ferrer. "Congratulations to 'Nole', he deserved to win. It was a good week for me. With 'Nole', I need to do more. It's very difficult to beat him so good luck in 2014 to him."