The Straits Times
Published on Dec 28, 2012

Djokovic begins campaign with a win over Ferrer


ABU DHABI (AFP) - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic opened his season with an impressive 6-0, 6-3 win over David Ferrer in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament here on Friday.

The Serb raced away with the first set of the semi-final clash before the Spaniard managed to grab an early break in the second.

Ferrer served to go 3-1 up, but could not convert and it was Djokovic who once again took over the reins of what was a low-key match.

In the final, he will play against either fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic or Spaniard Nicolas Almagro - a late replacement for Rafael Nadal who postponed his return to action after a six-month injury layoff due to a stomach virus.