VIDEO: Djokovic suffers unusual injury scare ahead of Australian Open as he was hit by a railing while signing autographs at Hopman Cup
15:10 GMT, 31 December 2012
Novak Djokovic endured a strange injury scare ahead of his Australian Open defence as a railing fell on his leg while he was signing autographs in Perth.
The Serbian was representing his country at the Hopman Cup and he limped away from court after his 6-3 6-4 win over Andreas Seppi.
But the 25-year-old recovered in time to play the mixed-doubles encounter with Ana Ivanovic.
Djokovic said: 'It was a bit of a shock and I'm glad that the children involved are OK. I am fine.'
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Injured: A barrier gave way while Djokovic was signing autographs
Hurt: The world number one hobbled off court in Perth
It was a hectic day for the world number one as he arrived late in Australia after winning an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.
'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 beating Seppi.
'I broke the ice after the first set and felt a little bit better.'
Despite losing the mixed-doubles, Serbia beat Italy 2-1 as Ivanovic beat Francesca Schiavone 6-0 6-4 in the women's singles match.
Warm-up: Djokovic was representing his country at the Hopman Cup as part of his Australian Open preparations
Recovery: Djokovic came back to play the doubles match with Ana Ivanovic
Victory: Serbia beat Italy 2-1 in Perth despite losing the mixed-doubles match
VIDEO Watch Djokovic being hit by collapsing barrier
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