Djokovic fine after injury scare

  • Last Updated: December 31 2012, 9:35 GMT

Novak Djokovic has been given a fitness scare in the build-up to his Australian Open defence at the Hopman Cup.

Djokovic and Ivanovic won at the Hopman Cup on Monday.
Djokovic and Ivanovic won at the Hopman Cup on Monday.

The Serbian limped away from court following his singles win over Andreas Seppi, with a railing falling on his leg while he signed autographs for fans.

The 25-year-old recovered sufficiently to partner Ana Ivanovic in the doubles, though, as his country beat Italy 3-1 on day three of the tournament in Perth.

It capped a hectic day for Djokovic, who was a late arrival on the west coast after winning an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.

He still beat Seppi 6-3 6-4, even if he admitted to not being entirely present on court.

"I arrived quite late last night and didn't get a lot of hours of sleep and I felt like I was dream-walking," he said after the match.

"I broke the ice after the first set and felt a little bit better."

With Ivanovic having already seen off Francesca Schiavone 6-0 6-4, the duo then saw off their counterparts 6-0 6-4.

The Australian Open starts on January 14, with Rafael Nadal, who Djokovic beat in this year's final, having already withdrawn citing illness.

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