The planet's top tennis stars are headed south to Miami this March for the season's second ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory tournament: the 2014 Sony Open Tennis.
Three-time champion and world No. 2 Novak Djokovic enters the men's draw as the man to beat following a stellar showing at Indian Wells earlier this month. The 26-year-old Serb has won this event in back-to-back years in 2011 and 2012 and will be seeded second at the bottom of the draw.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will be the overall top seed in the men's draw but will face an uphill battle in Miami as he's never won here before.
Following his stunning third-round defeat to Alexandr Dolgopolov at Indian Wells last week, Nadal admitted expectations are sometimes too high and that his focus is now on Miami, per ATPWorldTour.com:
It's impossible to be in the final of a tournament every single week. I did it for the first three tournaments of the year that I played.
Today was an accident. I lost.
I’m going to try to rest for a few days and be fresh mentally, and I hope to be ready for Miami.
Stanislas Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Roger Federer and defending men's champion Andy Murray round out the handful of top contenders. Keep in mind Ferrer reached the final in Miami last year before losing to Murray in three sets.
In the women's draw, defending champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams will make her long-awaited return to the tour. The 17-time Grand Slam champion sat out the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells for the 13th straight year for personal reasons and should be refreshed as she takes aim at her seventh title in Miami.
With the 2014 Sony Open Tennis already underway, let's get you up to speed on the latest results and scores from Miami.