Novak Djokovic defeats Nicolas Almagro to win Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition
Novak Djokovic claimed his first title of the new season courtesy of a three-set win over Nicolas Almagro in Abu Dhabi.
Last Updated: 29/12/12 4:38pm
The world No.1 laid down an early marker with a straight-sets demolition of David Ferrer in Friday's semi-finals but was made to work much harder by Almagro in the final.
Almagro, a late replacement for the injured Rafael Nadal, was taken all the way by Janko Tipsarevic in his semi-final clash and edged a close opening set 7/4 on a tiebreaker.
Serbian Djokovic recovered well, breaking Almagro twice in the second, which he won, despite losing a service game of his own.
The decider went with serve until an error-strewn 10th game from Almagro gifted Djokovic what turned out to be a decisive break.
The match for third place was played earlier on Saturday, with Ferrer overcoming Tipsarevic 7-6 6-2.