The world No 2 heads to Australia on the back of a strong start to the year, beating old rival Andy Murray to defend the Qatar Open title that got him off to such a strong start in 2016.
The Serb will hope it's a sign of things to come and he could hardly be heading to a better venue having joined Roy Emerson on six Aussie titles when beating Murray last year.
Victory this year will take him clear of Emerson with a record seven titles, while it would also take him clear of the Aussie great in the overall Grand Slam rankings, a 13th major would leave just Pete Sampras, Rafa Nadal (both 14) and Roger Federer (17) ahead of him.
Djokovic will head Down Under as number two in the world after Murray's World Tour Finals success saw him claim top spot, but Djokovic has won all six finals he has played in Melbourne, four of them coming against the Scot and has six of the last 10 Grand Slam titles to his name.
He began 2016 by claiming the Aussie and French Opens meaning he held all four majors at the same time but a shock third-round defeat by big-serving American Sam Querrey at Wimbledon, first round defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro and defeat to Stan Wawrinka in the US Open final underlined a disappointing second half of the year.