His preparation for the first major of the year could not have gone better, suggesting that the drought in the mini-grand slam for arguably the best tennis player of all time is about to end.
As the top players from the world would eye their chance to script history, there are some players who are favorites to claim the prize this term.
Some qualifying matches were delayed because of poor air quality that triggered coughing spells and gasping. But still there is so many matches, so many players.
"Any tournament I play, I want to win it".
"I've really felt that in an exceptional way over the last 12 months". "I don't think that anybody or any tournament would send us out on the court if there are concerns about our health, long-term effects", he said.
Djokovic adjusted his preparation for Melbourne, saying: "I did not have such an intensive couple of weeks before the Australian Open for many years". Tournament director Craig Tiley pointed out a week ago there are three stadiums with retractable roofs, plus eight indoor courts, which could be used if need be. "We do have three indoor arenas in which we can compete".
Tiley said the tournament decided on a threshold of 200 for suspending matches after talking to environment experts and respiratory specialists, adding some sporting events - including the Olympics - use 300 as their benchmark. "We are speculating if that would happen, but if we had to work it out we would".
Novak Djokovic believes the grand slam domination he shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is "literally one set away" from crumbling as the Serb chases an extraordinary eighth Australian Open crown. Soon, they'll all be competitors again. Williams hasn't won a Slam event since she prevailed in Melbourne in 2017 while in the early stages of pregnancy.
Unlike the lead-up to her recent Slam appearances, she has been able to train without being hampered by injuries.
The fact remains that you have to go back a decade and 41 slams to find a player aged under 25 (Juan Martin del Potro) outside the big three who has won a major.
Williams' older sister Venus, 39, faces Gauff, 15, in the first round of a grand slam after the latter's decisive victory at Wimbledon.
"I think that all the other tournaments, the French Open, the clay is not its best surface". Defending champion Osaka is the No. 3 seed. But he had a disappointing finish to 2019 that featured a fourth-round retirement at the U.S. Open.
The start of 2020 is not dissimilar to 2010, when Federer and Nadal shared the four Grand Slam titles and Williams won in Melbourne and Wimbledon.
The 108th edition of the opening Grand Slam of the year, Australian Open, gets underway from Monday.
Nadal, 33, ended past year as No. 1 in the world after he and Djokovic each won two Slams.
The Australian Open doubles competition will see some notable comings and goings.
Djokovic, the defending champion, is a seven-time victor in Australia and the youngest of the trio at 32. Marin Cilic in 2018 is the only other player to lose an Australian Open final in that span.
Djokovic and Federer are in the same half of the draw, setting up a potential semifinal meeting.
While Djokovic and Nadal split last year's Grand Slams, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev and Fabio Fognini won their first Masters trophies and Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21, became the youngest ATP Finals champion in 18 years.
"She's going to be, always, tough", the second-seeded Pliskova said, "no matter which ranking she is, no matter, I think, which age she is".