Novak Djokovic will be hoping to maintain the form which saw him earn three Grand Slams in 2015 ©Getty Images

World number one Novak Djokovic will begin his campaign for a record sixth Australian Open title when he takes on South Korean talent Hyeon Chung in the first round at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne tomorrow.

The Serbian will move level with Australia’s Roy Emerson, who won six titles when the tournament was an amateur event, should he add to his victories at the 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 editions of the Grand Slam.

Having claimed three of the four Grand Slams last year, with the clay-court French Open still proving elusive for the 28-year-old, Djokovic will begin as the overwhelming favourite to earn the title.

The top seed heads into the tournament having dismantled Spanish rival Rafael Nadal in the final of an ATP World Tour tournament in Doha, and will set his sights on earning a routine win over 19-year-old Chung, who has risen to 51st in the world rankings.

“He's one of the rising stars of the tennis world, I haven't seen him play too much, honestly," said Djokovic.

“I know that he's a tall fellow, he hits pretty solid from the  back of the court.

“I've been preparing well, taking some time to really work on certain things, get a good foundation and a good base for the long season that includes the Olympic Games, which of course is one of the top priorities for me and many other players.”

Should the seedings prove accurate, the Serbian star would meet Britain’s number two seed Andy Murray in the final for the fourth time in six years.

The London 2012 Olympic champion will begin his pursuit of a first Australian Open title, having ended up as the runner-up on four occasions, on the second day of the tournament when he meets Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

Serena Williams will hope to find form quickly in Melbourne after injury hindered her preparations
Serena Williams will hope to find form quickly in Melbourne after injury hindered her preparations ©Getty Images

However, the opening day will see third seed Roger Federer take on Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, as the Swiss bids for a first Australian Open title since 2010.

Home hopes will be focused on 29th seed Nick Kyrgios, who helped Australia to Hopman Cup glory earlier this month, but he will hope to allay concerns about a pre-tournament injury when he meets Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

Injuries have also added an extra intrigue to the women’s draw, with defending champion and top seed Serena Williams having battled a knee injury in the build-up, which saw her withdraw from the American Hopman Cup team.

Straightforward progression for the world number one against Italy’s Camila Giorgi could prove the perfect tonic, as she bids for her seventh Australian Open title.

Similarly to Williams, Maria Sharapova’s preparations were disrupted as a forearm problem forced her to withdraw from a warm-up event.

The Russian, who is seeded fifth, will aim to come through unscathed when she takes on Japan’s Nao Hibino in the first round.