Djokovic to face Almagro in the Mubadala final

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Updated: December 28, 2012

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 on Friday.

The Serb, who won the title last year, raced away with the first set of the semifinal 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 Djokovic will play 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.

Almagro defeated Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in the other semifinal.

Tipsarevic had reached the semifinals by defeating US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray on Thursday.