MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand in his quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during day nine of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal has started 2016 in perfect style, winning the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Nadal defeated Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6 6-3 to take out the exhibition event.

The World No.5 will now travel to Doha for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open as he attempts to continue his resurgence after a difficult 2015.

Meanwhile, Raonic will travel to Australia to play the Brisbane International in the lead up to the Australian Open.