World number two tennis champ Novak Djokovic made it a hat trick by picking up his third Mubadala tennis title in as many years.
The Serbian titan toppled Spaniard David Ferrer, his rival ranked world number three, in a convincing 7-5, 6-2 victory at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sport City on Saturday (December 28).
The 26-year-old took home the Mubadala World Tennis Championship's coveted Dhs900,000 prize money, while his newly appointed coach Boris Becker beamed from the courtside as he raised the trophy.
Earlier in the day world number one Rafael Nadal beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 6-3, in the third place play-off.
Spaniard Nadal – who won the Abu Dhabi title in 2010 and 2011 – had been knocked out of the competition a day earlier by Ferrer, while France’s Tsonga was also vanquished at the semi-finals by Djokovic.
Brit Andy Murray, winner of the inaugural competition in 2009, failed to make it past the preliminary round of the six-man, three-day tournament, the world number four losing out to Tsonga on Thursday (December 26).
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, currently ranked eighth in the world, was also defeated at this stage by finalist Ferrer.