In the same period, he beat Federer 11 times out of 17 (including one walkover) and Murray 14 times out of 17. It's a spirit perhaps inspired by art of the surrealist artist René Magritte, to whom the Magritte Museum is dedicated.
Nowhere was that more evident than last year when Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - supposedly past their best - triumphed to make the final, Federer eventually running out the victor in five sets. Over five pulsating sets in the 2014 Wimbledon final, Djokovic won 18 rallies which lasted longer than 9 strokes.
While Angelique Kerber has slid down the rankings, and is seeded just 21 for this tournament, as a multiple Grand Slam champion and former Australian Open winner, she should not be losing in the early rounds.
But now it is time for the main course. If they are fully fit, Djokovic and Wawrinka only add further competition and excitement to a packed field. And let's not forget about one of the best first round matches between Denis Shapolvalov meeting Stefanos Tsitsipas.
However there was an exciting reprieve to the swathe of dropouts when former world number one Novak Djokovic signalled that he would be ready to take to the court in Melbourne.
Nadal's portion of the draw holds few major concerns for the 16-time slam winner, whose first potential seeded opponent is world number 28 Damir Dzumhur. Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina round out the top four.
The debate engenders many of the hot-button issues challenging the sport's very identity-like the state of gender equality, player health and where the next legion of fans will arise from. Won my first match maybe against Michael Chang here back in 2000. At the Melbourne Park, that trend might continue in 2018.
"The US Open last summer was great for me - I learned a lot from that", Anderson said. Fitness, training and dieting methods have become extremely scientific making it possible for players to last till the age of 35 years and more. He will play his first official tournament since 2017 Wimbledon, when he retired against Tomas Berdych in the quarters.
Sharapova begins her Australian Open against Germany's Tatjana Maria then in the second round could get a rematch with Sevastova, who ousted the Russian in the US Open last year.
Both Djokovic and Wawrinka have not played a competitive match since Wimbledon of last year and have spent the last six months in recovery. The number of teenagers entering the main draw has also declined.
At 26, Dimitrov is approaching the peak of his powers and hopes his time starts now.
Federer won the 2017 Australian Open.
"He looks younger than ever", ESPN tennis analyst and former professional Patrick McEnroe told reporters on a call on Wednesday.
Shoes will be white and blue as well.
There is one man, though, who, for a good part of his career, has thrillingly disrupted this binary. The poor conditions at Kooyong and the holiday-season time slot gradually drove away stars once they started making enough money to skip the event.
Ashleigh Barty has lobbed in a difficult section, starting with Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.