Del Potro has not played in Melbourne for four years because of his injury troubles but heads back with his status as a Grand Slam contender restored by his memorable run to the US Open semi-finals.
The most notable aspect of his return was that Djokovic - whose consultant coach Andre Agassi is due to arrive on Saturday - has slightly remodelled his serve, shortening his action and cutting short his takeback. It's that much harder for the top player to pull out the victory, and for the underdog, they must brace themselves against the pressure of holding a big lead.
Alas, the chance of one of those young hopes coming from Britain seems unlikely - the Poms took a bashing in yesterday's draw.
Below, we have taken a look at the most pertinent Opta facts ahead of the first grand slam of 2018. "It was the highlight of last year, beating Wimbledon and all the other tournaments I played". "I don't know how to describe it". Not only would this cement her place as the GOAT, but also eclipse Court, whose comments about female players have done more to embarrass the sport than spur it onwards.
Karolina Pliskova is attracting some interest with the bookies (Picture: Getty Images)Where can you live stream the Australian Open? I don't want to say it's 100 per cent. I will say that when I start the tournament and when I get to actually feel that it's 100 per cent. "I expect to continue to do so". "I was feeling the ball well and hitting cleanly from both sides".
No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, who hasn't won a major and last appeared in a Grand Slam final in 2014, is on the bottom half of the draw with Williams and has French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year's Australian semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe in her quarter. Before his injury del Potro would be seen as one of the big contenders for the title and he undoubtedly has the power and skill required to win his second slam. Imagine walking through the actual house where Rubens lived and worked, seeing the landscapes that inspired Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and discovering an original painting by Jan van Eyck in the exact location depicted in the painted scene.
Broady, the seventh seed, recovered from dropping the second set to Kathinka von Deichmann of Liechtenstein to win 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 in hot conditions in Melbourne.
BC-TEN-Australian Open-Draw, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 632 Federer, Djokovic drawn in same half for Australian OpenAP Photo MEL111, MEL113, MEL116Eds: Edits 5th paragraph to fix typos in Goffin and Querrey. Chris Kermode, executive chairman of the men's tour, the Association of Tennis Professionals, promised a shake-up, although he accepted the players' reasons for withdrawing. An extension of the trend is not out of the question with Maria Sharapova unseeded in Melbourne.
There is also the Plexicushion court to consider, which, in spite of repeated denials by the authorities, looked faster than ever last year. With an abundance of activities and events, the project will provide an insight into the life and times of these artists.