Bhupathi and Bopanna won 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7) and 8-6 in a match that lasted two hours and 26 minutes.
India’s other doubles partnership of Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan also entered the second round with a hardfought 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 win over the Dutch pair of of Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer.
Meanwhile, Vardhan, who was lucky to get a slot in the men’s singles event at the eleventh hour as German Phillip Kohlschreiber pulled out due to a hamstring injury, lost 3-6, 2-6 in 72 minutes.
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