19 Jan 2015

World number open fit for Australian Open

11:14 am on 19 January 2015

Novak Djokovic has declared himself fit and ready for his bid to win a fifth Australian Open tennis title, having recovered from a bout of illness that sparked doubts about his place in the tournament.

Djokovic had cancelled a practice session and news conference at the weekend, but on the eve of the first major of the year, says his illness is behind him, and he'll be ready to go in his opening match on Tuesday against a Slovenian qualifier.

The 27-year-old Serb lost an epic quarter-final in Melbourne last year to the eventual winner Stanislas Wawrinka.