The second Masters 1000 of the season is going to be a different business compared to the previous ones. Starting with 2011, miami Open has been kept under Novak Djokovic's reign having the Serb player in the winning seat of the last three editions and five during this time frame. Andy Murray, the current world no. 1 was the only able to insert his name on the winners' list in the time span in question. Struggling with form and injuries, both Murray and Djokovic are not competing this year thus opening a longtime sealed door for others. Those who crave for Miami crown are not a few though there is a disproportional level regarding their odds.

Federer and his tremendous 2017

It seems that during the 6-month sabbatical back in 2016, Roger Federer discovered a new self, as he reclaimed the tennis court in a stunning manner. He is now a much more aggressive player willing to take further risks while playing tennis. This whole new philosophy did produce some shocking outcomes with Australian Open title and the recent one at Indian Wells both standing as a proof of his new self. Comfortably seating on the 6th place in the general ranking, Federer leads the pack on 2017 ranking. With all this enthusiastic state around him, some might miss some soft points regarding Miami Open, a tournament where Federer had never seemed to like too much.

His last appearance at Key Biscayne goes back in 2014. He has two titles here both being clinched more than a decade ago. The first triumph was in the season of 2005 over Rafael Nadal while the 2nd occurred the very next season beating Ivan Ljubicic in the final, the same Croatian who's standing today in his coaching box.

Federer will face an American in the 2nd round

The 4th seed in Miami, Roger Federer is set to make his comeback at Key Biscayne confronted with a home crowd favorite Frances Tiafoe (101 ATP). The 19-year-old American is widely regarded as a new hope of the American male's tennis. It'll be the first time these two are going to compete against each other. If he gets past Tiafoe, in Federer's way to a 3rd Miami title might stand Juan Martin del Potro.