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Novak Djokovic retains Abu Dhabi title


Dec 30, 2012 at 10:13am IST

Abu Dhabi: Novak Djokovic retained his title at the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Saturday by rallying past Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4. The top-ranked Serb swept past David Ferrer in straight sets to reach the final, but he got a tough test from the 11th-ranked Almagro.

Almagro, a late replacement at the tournament for Rafael Nadal, rallied from 3-1 down in the tiebreaker to take the first set. "It is amazing, him coming here only a few days ago and having a late entrance to the tournament and performing this well yesterday and today," Djokovic said.

Djokovic broke to lead 3-1 in the second set on his way to even out the match. The third set was much tighter, with both players holding serve after eight games until Djokovic went up 5-4 and then broke Almagro to clinch the victory.

Novak Djokovic retains Abu Dhabi title

The top-ranked Serb rallied past Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Both players had 12 aces, but Almagro was able to convert only one of six break points. He won just 34 percent of points on returns.

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