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Novak Djokovic rallies past Nicolas Almagro to retain exhibition title in Abu Dhabi

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    Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during a final match against Spain's Nicolas Almagro during the final day of the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (The Associated Press)

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    Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds the trophy after he beats Spain's Nicolas Almagro in the final match of the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (The Associated Press)

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    Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Spain's Nicolas Almagro during the final day of the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (The Associated Press)

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    Spain's Nicolas Almagro returns the ball to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during the final match of the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (The Associated Press)

Novak Djokovic retained his title at the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Saturday by rallying past Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

The top-ranked Serb swept past David Ferrer in straight sets to reach the final, but he got a tough test from the 11th-ranked Almagro.

Almagro, a late replacement at the tournament for Rafael Nadal, rallied from 3-1 down in the tiebreaker to take the first set.

Djokovic broke to lead 3-1 in the second set on his way to evening the match. The third set was much tighter, with both players holding serve after eight games until Djokovic went up 5-4 and then broke Almagro to clinch the victory.

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