Ferrer beat Nadal 6-4, 6-4 in late afternoon. Ferrer said in aired interview on Abu Dhabi television he felt sorry for Nadal as "he did not play for a while", media reported.

Nadal, currently the world's number one in men's tennis, returned to the court in February 2013 after he was forced to pause for 222 consecutive days due to a knee injury.

Later in the day, the world's number two Djukovic kicked Tsonga out of the tournament by winning 7-6 and 6-3.

Under the eyes of his new trainer, German tennis legend Boris Becker, Djukovic improved his playing and left Tsonga in the second set few chances to endanger his victory.

"Djoker" as his fans call the Serbian tennis ace, who won in his career six Grand Slam titles so far, announced on December 19 that Becker would become his new coach.

Ferrer and Djukovic will play the final of Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Saturday. The winner will receive USD 250,000 prize money.


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