The hoarding holding the crowd back collapsed on Djokovic's legs in the process. Photo: Paul Kane
Serbian world No.1 Novak Djokovic escaped injury despite copping the brunt of a falling barrier while signing autographs at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday.
Djokovic was in good spirits as he mixed with fans after defeating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4 at the new $550 million Perth Arena.
But with numerous people leaning over in their bid to get his autograph, the hoarding holding them back toppled over, collecting Djokovic's legs in the process.
Djokovic crouched on the ground in pain after the incident, before limping back to the players' lounge to receive treatment. Photo: Paul Kane
Djokovic crouched on the ground in pain after the incident, before limping back to the players' lounge to receive treatment.
However, the 25-year-old was given the all-clear by medical staff and was able to join Ana Ivanovic in the mixed doubles.
The incident capped a turbulent 24 hours for Djokovic, who only arrived in Perth on Sunday evening after winning an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.
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Divalicious sing the National Anthem at the opening ceremony during day one of the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on December 29, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images) Photo: Will Russell
The lengthy flight over and the four-hour time difference didn't seem to faze Djokovic, who always looked on control against Seppi.
"I arrived quite late last night and didn't get a lot of sleep," Djokovic told the crowd shortly before he got hit by the toppling barrier.
"I felt like I was dream walking this morning.
A corporate box facia gives way as spectators surge to get an autograph from Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Photo: Paul Kane
"But as the match went on, I was managing to get my rhythm."
Earlier in the day, Serbia's Ana Ivanovic was in dominant touch in her 6-0 6-4 win over Francesca Schiavone.
With the temperature in Perth nudging past 40C during Djokovic's match, the arena's roof was closed during the men's singles rubber.
But the women weren't as lucky, with Ivanovic and Schiavone forced to slug it out in 36C heat during their contest.
Ivanovic thrived under the hot conditions, breaking Schiavone three times in the opening set and unleashing a flurry of winners in the 70-minute contest.
"That's the style of game I always had and I always was an aggressive player," Ivanovic said.
"I try to dominate and step in and take risks sometimes.
"It doesn't always go your way, but that's the way I have to play and it worked well for me today and it gives me confidence.
"I got a little bit of momentum going.
"I felt like I played well so I got a few fist pumps going."
The Serbian pair have won their opening Hopman Cup tennis tie 2-1 over Italy in Perth despite losing their doubles encounter.
Meanwhile, world No.112 Tatjana Malek has been locked in as a replacement for Germany's Andrea Petkovic, who was forced to pull out of the mixed teams' event with a knee injury.