Nadal reigns supreme in Abu Dhabi

By Alex Fisher 31 December 2016 132
Nadal reigns supreme in Abu Dhabi

Rafael Nadal claimed his fourth Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Saturday as he brushed aside David Goffin in straight sets.

Nadal's 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win ensures back-to-back titles in Abu Dhabi for the Spaniard and confirms his place as the most successful player in the tournament's history.

A scorching forehand winner secured the first set for Nadal after both men had picked up breaks in the opening exchanges but Goffin ensured it would not be all plain sailing.

The Belgian broke twice at the start of the second set to lead 3-1, only for Nadal to up his level and round out the win in just under two hours.

World number one Andy Murray prevailed in the third-place play-off against Milos Raonic, his 10th successive triumph over the Canadian and eighth of 2016.

Murray looked to be cruising as he racked up early breaks of serve to take this first set.

The second was more competitive but once again the Briton got the better of his rival as he recorded a 6-3 7-6 (8-6) win.

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