Novak Djokovic crushes David Ferrer to reach final in Abu Dhabi
World No 1 Novak Djokovic made a hugely impressive return to action by hammering David Ferrer 6-0 6-3 in Abu Dhabi.
Last Updated: 29/12/12 2:37pm
In doing so he booked a place in the final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship where he will face Nicolas Almagro.
It was Djokovic's first appearance on court since he won the ATP World Tour Finals in London last month, and he looked in imperious form in the exhibition event.
Ferrer, who looked in decent form in dispatching Tomas Berdych on Thursday, could not make any impression in the first set, finding himself 5-0 down in just 20 minutes.
The Spaniard surged into a 40-0 lead in the sixth game but Djokovic fought back to win that one too and clinch the set.
Ferrer finally held serve to get off the mark early in the second, and when he broke to love in the ninth game to move 2-1 up, it looked like he may make a match of it.
But it was not to be, Djokovic breaking back immediately and taking control again.
Djokovic - who will head to Perth for the Hopman Cup after the final - said the tournament is the ideal way to start his preparations for the defence of his Australian Open title.
Djokovic said: "I love this court and the conditions here. I wish all the tournaments in the world were played here.
"It's definitely a great surface. It's not too warm here, not too cold, it's ideal to prepare on.
"I am surprised with my game considering it's the first match of the official season. Hopefully I can play another good one in the final."
Ferrer added: "He's the best. I tried but I couldn't do it. Next time I will try again. I won three games but to beat 'Nole' I need to play my best tennis and today wasn't a good day."
Almagro meanwhile beat Janko Tipsarevic - conqueror of Andy Murray on Thursday - 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 to book his place in the final.