Holder Novak defends Abu Dhabi crown

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

Djokovic claimed a 7-5 6-2 win over Ferrer, who had beaten fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, to take a third triumph at the event at Zayed Sports City. Nadal responded from the defeat to beat Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 7-6 6-3 in the third-placed contest.

Meanwhile, British number three Heather Watson defeated Jarmila Gajdosova 6-4 6-4 yesterday to advance to the main draw of the Brisbane International.