2016 Mubadala World Tennis Championship: Rafael Nadal retains title
Fourth title in the capital
Reigning champion Rafael Nadal has retained his title at the ninth edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship over the weekend. His win over Belgian David Goffin not only marks the second time he's held on to the top spot but also his fourth win overall in the competition, surpassing Novak Djokovic's record of three championship wins.
"When you have success this many times here, it's because of something special," said Nadal. "You like the court, you like the place and you especially like the crowd – I'm very happy here. It's a great atmosphere and I feel the love of the people. Many thanks to everybody who makes this great event possible each year. Next year is the tenth edition which shows it is special."
Meanwhile, world number one Andy Murray beat last year's finalist Milos Ranonic to claim third place. Murray welcomed 2017 with news of a knighthood after he was named in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honour List. "It's a big honour to be asked," said Murray. "Great recognition of my results over the last few years and a great to start 2017. But I'm more than happy just being known as Andy – that's fine by me."
The 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship will be held from December 28-30, 2017. For more sporting news, read about Nike's quest to beat the 2-hour marathon mark.