Abu Dhabi: Novak Djokovic opened his 2014 season with victory at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, here, on Saturday.
Watched on by new coach Boris Becker, the Serb beat Spaniard David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2 in the final of the $250,000 winner-takes-all tournament.
Ferrer drew first blood, breaking Djokovic in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead, but he could not consolidate his lead and the world No. 2 won five points in a row to break back immediately.
Ferrer found himself three break points down in the 11th game after two unforced errors, and saved the first with a delightful drop shot at the net.
But Djokovic earned the break at the second time of asking with a forehand smash to end a 22-shot rally before seeing out the set.
From then on, it was all Djokovic who wasted little time in wrapping up the win.
In the third-place play-off, Rafael Nadal beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(5), 6-3.
The first set was an even affair, with neither player breaking serve until the 11th point of the tie-break as Nadal edged ahead.
The second set was far more routine for the world No. 1, who broke in the third game before going on to seal match-point at the third attempt.