Nadal defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Third place is the charm for Rafael Nadal

The 27-year-old Spanish tennis star bounced back after a disappointing loss in the semifinals to compatriot David Ferrer, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight-sets at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal posted a 7-6, 6-3 win in the tournament in third plae.

According to, the current World No. 1 will play his first official tournament in Doha this week, which will be his sixth appearance at the venue.

Nadal will look to stay atop the ATP rankings, when he returns to the Australian Open, which begins on January 13 in Melbourne.

Two weeks before the start of this year’s Australian Open, Nadal withdrew from the tournament citing a stomach virus. His withdrawal subsequently saw him drop out of the ATP’s Top Four for the first time since 2005.

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