UPDATE: World No1 Novak Djokovic was given an injury scare following an incident with fans after he had guided Serbia to an opening Hyundai Hopman Cup 2-1 victory against Italy at Perth Arena.
Djokovic was signing autographs for a group of spectators 12-deep when a hoarding they were leaning on gave way and hit him on the leg.
The popular 25-year-old had just finished a post-match interview, speaking in glowing terms about the new arena and how he had been looking forward to playing in Perth again.
Djokovic went down on his haunches, then flexed his left leg. A scheduled post-match interview was cancelled as he received treatment but thankfully he was cleared to take part in the mixed doubles dead rubber with partner Ana Ivanovic. The pair went on to win the mixed doubles 7-6 (4) 6-4.
That news will come as a relief to organisers, who have already seen German Andrea Petkovic forced out of Perth’s $1 million mixed teams event with a knee injury.
Djokovic beat Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4 to help guide top seeds Serbia to victory against Italy.
He looked fresh and hit the ball crisply despite only arriving in WA late yesterday afternoon.
The reigning Australian Open champion has twice qualified for the Hopman Cup final but is yet to hold the trophy aloft.
Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic lost in the decider to Americans Serena Williams and Mardy Fish in 2008.
Making it all the way to the final three years later, Djokovic and Ivanovic had to pull out on the eve of the final after Ivanovic strained a stomach muscle.
Djokovic would like nothing better than to snap that frustrating run two weeks out from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
He has won the season's opening grand slam for the past two years and is a good chance to add a third consecutive title.
Earlier world No.13 Ivanovic put Serbia 1-0 ahead.
Ivanovic claimed a battle of the former French Open champions, beating Francesca Schiavone 6-0 6-4 in 70 minutes.
The glamorous Serb, who won at Roland Garros in 2008, didn’t look back after breaking Schiavone’s serve in the second game of the match.
Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, fended off four break points before Ivanovic claimed the fifth to race to an early 2-0 lead.
The 32-year-old Italian dropped her serve again in the fourth and sixth games of the opening set.
Schiavone improved in the second set and saved two match points in the eighth game before Ivanovic, 25, sealed victory in the ninth.
Ivanovic finished with 21 winners while Schiavone, who netted a volley to lose the match, made an uncustomary 24 unforced errors.
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