Djokovic starts as he means to go on in Abu Dhabi

Updated: December 29, 2012

Novak Djokovic got his season off to a perfect start by defeating Nicolas Almagro 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday in the final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament.

Following his longest match in the UAE capital, Djokovic remains undefeated in Abu Dhabi but had to fight for two hours and 34 minutes to shake Almagro, who together with the Serb gave the crowd a show that was well worth the money they spent.

Djokovic had looked in impressive early season form in Friday’s semifinals, destroying world No 5 David Ferrer in straight sets, while Almagro, a late replacement for the injured Rafael Nadal, was taken all the way by Janko Tipsarevic.

All four players will head out for Australia to complete their preparations for the Australian Open which gets under way in Melbourne on January 14 where Djokovic will be the defending champion.