Rafa Nadal today won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship for the third time after overcoming Milos Raonic 7-6(2), 6-3.
This latest exhibition tournament victory sees Nadal clinch a lucrative title which was won by Scotland's Andy Murray last year.
This is Nadal's first Mubadala win since winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011, and with it the 29-year-old has brought himself level on titles with Novak Djokovic, as the two prepare to open their seasons next week.
Nadal, who was well aware that he would have few opportunities to break Raonic's serve, was presented with an opportunity in the fifth game. The man from the Balearic Islands didn't make the most of the opportunity and a tie break followed. It was from this point onwards when Nadal started to control proceedings, outperforming his ATP 14th-ranked opponent, who is known to struggle when the pressure mounts. The game swung firmly in Nadal's favour in the fourth game of the second set as he broke the Canadian's serve.
In the third place playoff, Spaniard David Ferrer came back strongly to beat Stan Wawrinka 6-7, 6-4, 10-8.