"I remember it was a attractive place and ever since I fell in love with Australia."In a happy place physically, the 36-year-old Federer is also in a happy place mentally as he travels alongside wife Mirka, their twin daughters Myla and Charlene, as well as twin sons Leo and Lenny".
"I think he's actually a really nice guy", Federer told Channel Nine when asked about the mercurial 22-year-old.
Zverev, 20, has been touted as the "next big thing" for some years and is coming off five titles last season, yet he has never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam.
Injury and illness stalled her initial return to the circuit but a Tianjin Open win in October and run to the Shenzhen Open semi-finals suggests the five-time major victor is nearing her best and the 2008 champion will expect to go deep in Melbourne. I'm happy with the way it went today. "They're definitely two favourites to look at".
His miserable year will see him seeded 14th, but Djokovic said he was "just grateful that I'm able to be here".
In Sydney on Tuesday, Britain's best hope for honours in Melbourne, Johanna Konta, survived a thorough examination of the hip that gave up on her in Brisbane last week but could not get past the player she beat in last year's final in her home town, Agnieszka Radwanska. The pair have been grinding it out on the Challenger tour while many of their countrymen are sticking to the lower-tier Futures circuit, with Egypt hosting tournaments at that level nearly every week of the season.
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"For the first time I have to play here at the Australian [Open] for the first tournament of the year". "I don't like usually going to draws because they freak me out". I'm happy with how I'm performing now.
"Mentally, it's not there but, hopefully, I can get there all together by the first round". "I don't want to know who I play other than just seeing the sheet at the end and knowing who my first-round opponent is".
Elsewhere, all eyes will be on Maria Sharapova as she returns for only her second grand slam tournament since serving a drugs ban. "It's not always the best when you are an athlete so I'm looking forward to it, enjoying the crowd".
The tennis community and sporting world yearns for another instalment in the Federer-Nadal rivalry but while form is temporary and class is permanent, a lack of preparation may rob the Australian public of another unforgettable event.