In an interview to The Times of India, the three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka commented on the Big Three's dominance.
He will start his drive to make history against a yet-to-be-decided qualifier and could meet France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.
The Swiss faces Denis Istomin in the first round, while a potential quarter-final against Marin Cilic and semi-final versis Rafael Nadal awaits the third seed, with world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the other half of the draw.
Kyle Edmund, back at the scene of his semi-final appearance 12 months ago, was also given a hard opener at the year's first grand slam against former top-10 stalwart Tomas Berdych, who is unseeded following injury.
The 2009 champion Nadal, who retired hurt in the quarter-finals against Cilic previous year, could meet old rival Federer in the last four should his body hold up.
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Konta is in a loaded top quarter of the draw that also includes world number one Simona Halep - who faces a rematch with her US Open conqueror Kaia Kanepi - Serena and Venus Williams, Garbine Mugurza and Karolina Pliskova.
Fourth seed Osaka faces Poland's Magda Linette first up and may need to battle past twice champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round.
"I'm so close, I'll give it a go, " Federer said.
Top-ranked Djokovic and defending champion Federer enter the season-opening major equal with Roy Emerson, who won his six Australian singles championships between 1961-67, before the Open era.
All the active grand slam winners in the men's game are over 30 and one of the most intriguing storylines will be whether the new generation can finally break the stranglehold.
Second seed and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, bidding for a fourth Grand Slam title, will open against Slovenian Polona Hercog, with a possible quarter-final against 2017 U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens in the second week.
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