Nadal eyes victory in Abu Dhabi

Rafael Nadal says he will treat the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi as an "important springboard" as he looks to put a disappointing 2015 behind him heading into the Australian Open.

Former world number one Nadal failed was knocked out of the second and third rounds of Wimbledon and the US Open, respectively, while he only reached the last eight of the French and Australian Opens.

However, the 29-year-old insists he is back to full fitness and believes success in Abu Dhabi can set him on the way to an improved 2016.

“Coming to Abu Dhabi for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is always special, it is the perfect preparation for me to get ready for a new season," the Spaniard said.

"I feel in great shape so it should be incredible experience for me, for the other players and of course for the fans coming out to support us.

"It’s a very important springboard for what’s to come in the season ahead. The facilities are top-notch and it’s a place I enjoy coming to. 

"And with the strong competition lined up, I’ll be trying to set myself up for a strong campaign. Hopefully I can be successful and lift that trophy for the third time.”

Nadal is the headline name at the tournament, where he will start in the semi-final on New Year's Day.