The Australian Open draw has presented Nick Kyrgios with a golden opportunity to break through and land his maiden grand slam crown.
While some of the sport's biggest names, including six-time champion Novak Djokovic, face a torrid time merely surviving the first week of the year's first major starting on Monday, Kyrgios could scarcely have scripted a better draw as the 17th seed.
Kyrgios could strike Bulgarian world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov, who won the 2017 season-ending championship, in the fourth round, while his great mate and world No.8 Jack Sock looms as the Canberran's projected quarter-final opponent
If the Brisbane International champion carries his early-season form into the summer slam and makes the last four, Kyrgios could meet Nadal.
Australia's 2014 Open quarter-finalist has twice beaten the the 16-times grand slam champion, including last August in Cincinnati and would fancy his chances of another blockbuster battle.
Kyrgios landed on the opposite side of the draw to defending champion Federer, raising the possibility of a dream final for Open officials.
Djokovic, seeded a lowly 14th after six months out of tennis with an elbow injury, has been pitch-forked into the quarter of world No.4 Alexander Zverev and will start against American left-hander Donald Young.
The Serbian superstar could strike flamboyant French star Gael Monfils in the second round.
Australian women's No.1 Ashleigh Barty, the 18th seed, faces Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, while 23rd seed Daria Gavrilova opens against a qualifier in her bid to reach the second week for a third-straight year.
Teenage wildcard Destanee Aiava, who on Thursday admitted she needs a break from tennis after the Open, will get no respite at Melbourne Park after drawing Romanian world No.1 Simona Halep in a daunting first-round show-court encounter.
Among the most intriguing first-round women's encounters is seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams, who lost last year's final to sister Serena, against unseeded Swiss ace Belinda Bencic, who won last week's Hopman Cup with Federer.
Former champion and four-time finalist Maria Sharapova - now world No.47 after her comeback from a doping ban - plays German Tatjana Maria.