When playing in the women's draw, it is inevitable that beating Serena Williams will have to happen at some stage in order for another player to attain the title, claims tournament director Adam Barrett.

On the other hand, in the men's competition there are several contenders for the title. It is, however, likely that some of the best encounters will happen before the tournament reaches its final stage.

If Andy Murray aims to defend his title, the Scot might have to go past Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final and possibly even Roger Federer in the semi-final.

It won't help that Djokovic just loves this tournament. In 2007 he won his first Master's title in Miami, and jumped into the world's 'top 10 elite club. The Joker also became the youngest player ever to have triumphed in Key Biscayne at the age of 19.

Since then he has lifted the winner's trophy on two more occasions. His recent win over Federer in an intense Indian Wells final only proves that he is, as ever, the one to watch.

That is not to underestimate Federer, who is back in the game and his recent form suggests he still has a few aces left in hand.

The last member of the Big Four - Rafael Nadal - was blessed with a highly favorable draw on Sunday. When looking at Nadal's personal statistics it seems almost impossible that he has never won the Miami Masters.

Nadal - who has won 26 Masters titles to date - has been a finalist in Key Biscayne on three occasions, but never lifted the trophy. That is, however, likely to change with an easy draw for the world No. 1 with none of his biggest rivals in the same half.

The biggest potential challenge on his route to the final is presented by Jarzy Janowicz and Stanislas Wawrinka. The 19th-seeded Pole -who possesses a huge serve and an even bigger personality - will potentially be waiting for Nadal in the third round, while the reigning Australian Open champion from Switzerland could be his opponent in the fourth.

After a disappointing line-up last year with neither Nadal nor Federer entering the
tournament, this year promises tennis at its best in Miami’s heat.

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