The future 5 at the Australian Open

The future 5 at the Australian Open

Six-times Melbourne Park champion Djokovic, seeded 14th after missing the back end of last season with an elbow injury, will take on American lefthander Donald Young in his first match - with mercurial Frenchman Gael Monfils looming in round two.

Another Australian who has enjoyed a strong build-up to the year's first Grand Slam is Ashleigh Barty.

"It was an fantastic final, an wonderful moment for me in my life and it's great to be back here", he said, per Sky Sports.

Like rivals Djokovic and Wawrinka, Murray last played in Wimbledon where he was beaten by Sam Querrey in an epic five-setter.

"It was a huge surprise".

However, the Swiss star, 36, was cautious about predicting a repeat victory.

"Possibly, but this time we're a long way away in the draw", he said.

Nadal, 31, heads the entry list for the Australian Open and said he will be ready to front up for the first round.

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"So I don't think both of us are thinking that far ahead but if it were to happen, of course, it could be happening again".

In fact, in the entire top half, besides Nadal, Marin Cilic is the only other Grand Slam champion. However, this is Melbourne and not Paris, where the Spaniard has reigned supreme, with honours shared over two Aussie finals.

The exhibition match at Kooyong was his first match in more than six months as Djokovic hadn't played since Wimbledon in July, and he showed no signs of the elbow injury that also forced his withdrawal from Doha last week.

After losing to Kevin Anderson at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, The Austrian was the top seed at the ATP 250 event, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, and saw off Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets in the opening round.

An unlikely victor at Melbourne Park in 2017 before going on to capture Wimbledon, the evergreen 36-year-old - who enjoyed a renaissance last season having been struck down by injuries in 2016 - is trusting his tried and tested preparation, having featured at the Hopman Cup in Perth just like he did last year.

Djokovic, who was wearing a compression sleeve on his right arm, did, though, admit: "I'm very happy with the way it went today but I don't want to say it's 100%, I'll say that when I start a tournament and I actually feel that it is 100%".

Ajla Tomljanovic meets French Open and 29th seed Lucie Safarova, while Sam Stosur has a tough start against 2016 Rio gold medallist Monica Puig.

"I worked hard in the off-season and I'm changing some things but I know that will take time". Federer could face Juan Martin del Potro, who beat the Swiss in Flushing Meadows previous year, in the quarterfinals-though, according to seeding, Federer is projected to face David Goffin.

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