Worsley at Aussie Open 2020: Best first day ever... since the last best one

OPINION: It's the best ever... well at least up there with others that were fairly good too.

The opening day of the Australian Open 2020 could possibly be the best day one of any Grand Slam you could ever see.

Defending women's champ Naomi Osaka takes on a reasonably nondescript Czech player ranked 57th in the world, followed by Serena Williams - arguably the greatest ever - playing a relatively unknownish Russian, ranked 90th.

Then six-time men's winner Roger Federer - also arguably the greatest ever - faces American nice-guy journeyman Steve Johnson, who sounds like he should be a character in a superhero movie. In truth he's actually a really nice guy, but even in his first match of the year, 'Fed' should win in straight sets.

If you thought daytime on Rod Laver Arena was good, then night is just right.

World No.1 Ash Barty hopes to become the first 'home' winner of the Aussie Open women's title since Christine O’Neill - yes, that's right, look her up, it was her only career title - in 1978. She plays fairly talented Ukrainian Leisa Tsurenko.

Finishing off is the second best-of-the-best at the moment and world No.2 Novak Djokovic, the defending champion and seven-time winner, up against basically the next-best guy after the seedings - German Jan-Lenard Struff from Germany - so a battle will ensue.

If that's not the best opening day on one court, then it’s the best since the last time there was a really good opening day.

You can also add 39-year-old Venus Williams against 15-year-old Coco Gauff on Margaret Court Arena. The 24 years between them is probably more than the average age of all competitors in the women's draw.

Forget about potential rain or smoke hazards - all matches listed are on courts with a roof.

Don't you wish you were there?

Dave Worsley is a Newshub sports reporter, covering his 22nd Australian Open.