Eleven-time Grand Slam champions Bob and Mike Bryan top the men’s doubles draw as the No. 1 seeds. Fresh off a win at Wimbledon, the Bryans have won the Cincinnati title three times in ’02, ’06 and ’10. They finished as finalists in ’06, ’07 and ’09. At the bottom of the draw are 2011 French Open winners Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, the No. 2 seeds.
With both teams receiving first-round byes, the Bryans will face the winner between Spaniards and ’04 Stockholm titlists Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco and the Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Mirnyi and Nestor will play the winning team between two sets of American wild card entrants. The first duo features former singles James Blake, a Cincinnati singles finalist in ’07 and a doubles titlist in ’02 with Todd Martin, and recent Atlanta finalist John Isner. 2011 NCAA champion Steve Johnson from the University of Southern California and 2011 Atlanta doubles winner Alex Bogomolov Jr. comprise the second pair to potentially meet Mirnyi and Nestor in the second round.
The No. 3 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes are also in the mix for the title. Finalists at the Australian Open earlier this year and the 2001 Cincinnati titlists, they’ll face either the 2010 Moscow finalists Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki or 10-time Grand Slam singles winner Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez in the second round. Nadal and Lopez won Doha earlier this year.
Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau, Wimbledon finalists for the past two years and winners at Bastad and Casablanca this year, are the sixth seeds. They face either singles No. 10 Nicolas Almagro and Casablanca singles winner Pablo Andujar or 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych and recent Washington, D.C. titlist Radek Stepanek in round two.
By Benjamin Snyder