Bhupathi-Bopanna are seeded seventh and face Belarus’s Max Mirnyi and Alexander Bury in the first round starting on Saturday. The unseeded duo of Paes-Vardhan will take on the Dutch pairing of Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer in the 32-team draw that was announced here yesterday.
The Indians will have to play out of their skins for a podium finish. Bhupathi-Bopanna will play either Britain’s Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins or Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet if they clear the first hurdle.
They are drawn to meet third seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic from Serbia in the quarter-finals. The going will be tougher for Paes and Vardhan, who will run into second seeded French pairing of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra in the second round.