The 17-time Grand Slam champion is without a major since Wimbledon in 2012 and endured a mixed bag at the Slams last year, missing the US and French through injury but reaching the last four in Melbourne and Wimbledon.
The Swiss great dropped out of the world's top 10 in November last year, the first time since November 2002 he has found himself in such a position. It's likely to hand him a tough draw, but no-one will want to face the four-time champion who was beaten by Djokovic in the semi-final last year.
It is ten years since Federer last claimed the crown in Melbourne. The Swiss struggled with his fitness throughout 2016 and missed the French Open through injury, the first time since 1999 he has missed a Grand Slam event.
Federer has spoken of how refreshed he feels after an extended break following knee surgery and 2017 is likely to be the 35-year-old's last chance to land an elusive 18th Grand Slam.
Having come within touching distance at the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2015, he is now likely to have to topple one or both of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic if he is to achieve the feat.