MELBOURNE (AFP) - Novak Djokovic said Sunday he has shrugged off a stomach bug and has a good chance to win the Australian Open on the 10th anniversary of his Grand Slam debut.
The Serb world No. 1 finally emerged for his pre-tournament media conference after experiencing a tough few days battling illness but said he was ready to take on first-round qualifier opponent Aljaz Bedene on Tuesday.
Djokovic was scheduled to face the media on Saturday but cancelled, finally appearing late Sunday to talk about his chances of winning a fifth Australian Open.
"I had tough couple days with a little bit of the flu and stomach (bug), but it's all behind me now. I'm ready for the Open," he said.
Djokovic said he had little knowledge of his first-round Slovenian opponent Bedene, and was wary of a player with nothing to lose against him.
"I've seen he's a baseline player. Good, solid, two-handed backhand," he said. "Obviously he's going to be very motivated to perform well. If we get to play on center court, I'm sure it's going to be a unique experience for him.
"Lower-ranked players, younger players, have nothing to lose. That's what makes them really dangerous in the opening rounds."