Djokovic has absolutely mastered this tournament, winning five of the last six editions, and six titles overall. However, the world number two has undergone an alarming dip in form in the last seven months, during which he has won just two titles since completing his career Slam at Roland Garros. Djokovic's lull in form presents an opportunity for someone else to come in and take the title, and the familiar names will again be lining up to pounce on the fallibility of the six-time champion.
The Miami Open remains one of the few titles missing from the loaded cabinet of Rafael Nadal; the four-time finalist will entertain hopes of correcting that anomaly in 2017, and fitness-permitting, Australian Open champion, Roger Federer will also have an eye on a first Miami title since 2006.
Federer and Nadal withdrew early on from last year's competition, while Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka suffered shock defeats, paving the way for Novak Djokovic to go on and win the title (mind you, he didn't need any helping hands at that point!). Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych and David Goffin en route the final, where he took out Kei Nishikori.
The ATP Miami Open presented by Itau (formerly the Sony Open) follows on from two weeks of tennis in California, and boasts the participation of the sport's top men and women in a combined ATP Masters Series and Premier level event.
Tournament founder Butch Buchholz's ambition was for the Miami tennis tournament to become the first Grand Slam at the year. Christened "The Winter Wimbledon", its debut in 1985 came at a time when the Australian Open was held at the end of the year. The first ball was struck at the event in the February of the aforementioned year, with Tim Mayotte and Martina Navratilova the first champions crowned. Each defeated a fellow American - Mayotte beating Scott Davis, and Navratilova taking down Chris Evert.
While the event has never reached major status, it has - for the duration of its life - been in a two-way fight with Indian Wells for the title of the 'Fifth Slam'. The tournament broke its all-time attendance record in 2012, with 326,131 fans turning out to watch the action. Last year, an impressive 300,952 total attendances were recorded- the seventh straight year that attendance would soar above 300,000.