VIDEO: Djokovic narrowly escapes serious injury in Australia

A barrier separating fans from the world number one fell on top of the Serb at the Hopman Cup.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC SUFFERED a bizarre injury when chatting with fans after beating Italy’s Andreas Seppi in the Hopman Cup.

A small crowd barrier fell on to the world number one, who knelt on the floor in pain for a for a few moments before limping away.

Concerns were immediately raised for Djokovic’s defence of his Australian Open title, but the 25-year-old recovered to partner Ana Ivanovic in a mixed doubles win in the warm-up event.

“It was a bit of a shock and I’m glad that the children involved are OK. I am fine,” said Djokovic.

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“I arrived quite late last night and didn’t get long hours of sleep and felt this morning like I’m dream-walking. But as the match went on I was managing to get my rhythm. I broke the ice after the first set and felt a little bit better.”

The Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 14, has already lost Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard’s recovery from a long-term knee injury was recently hampered by a bad stomach virus.

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