World number one Novak Djokovic made an impressive return to action by brushing David Ferrer aside 6-0 6-3 to reach Saturday's World Tennis Championship final in Abu Dhabi.
The Serbian made his first appearance on court since winning the ATP World Tour Finals in November and needed little over an hour to dismiss world number five Ferrer, who was completely outclassed.
Ferrer was at sixes and sevens to deal with Djokovic's trademark range of returns and powerful aces in a devastating first set but gradually improved to break his opponent in the ninth game, forcing a more competitive finale.
The exhibition tournament at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, where Djokovic triumphed last year, was the ideal way for the Serbian to warm up for the upcoming defence of his Australian Open title.
Djokovic, who will face Nicolas Almagro or Janko Tipsarevic in the final, told ESPN afterwards: "I love this court and the conditions here. I wish all the tournaments in the world were played here.
"It's definitely a great surface. It's not too warm here, not too cold, it's ideal to prepare on.
"I am surprised with my game considering it's the first match of the official season. Hopefully I can play another good one tomorrow."
An out-of-sorts Ferrer added: "He's the best. I tried but I couldn't do it. Next time I will try again.
"I won three games but to beat 'Nole' I need to play my best tennis and today wasn't a good day."