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French Open day one as it happened


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By Piers Newbery

1909: That's your lot for day one, we've seen some good stuff today - wins for leading lights Andy Murray, Gilles Simon, Fernando Verdasco and Ana Ivanovic, a record 55 aces from Ivo Karlovic, and a typically gritty fightback from Lleyton Hewitt. Time for a quick food/sleep break and I'll see you back here tomorrow...

1900: "I took time off to do all the things that I couldn't do when I was playing tennis but, after four or five months, I realised that all the things that I complained about like the routine, the airports and the travelling weren't so bad after all. So I decided to come back straight away. I knew it was now or never, it was the last opportunity."
Gaston Gaudio, the 2004 champion, vows to continue playing after defeat by Radek Stepanek

1857: A quick look ahead to Monday, which has a stellar line-up. On the Red Button and streaming on the website from 1000 BST will be Britain's Anne Keothavong against world number one Dinara Safina, followed by Rafael Nadal v Marcos Daniel, and Alberto Martin v Roger Federer. I will be live texting to bring you updates as fellow Britons Mel South and Katie O'Brien begin their campaigns on Court 14 and Andy Roddick, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are among the others in action. Tasty.

1849: "Very impressive and just the kind of start he would want, well done Andy Murray."
From Stuart on 606

1849: "Very, very good win for Murray - set a benchmark there."
From The Man From Viltheed on 606

It's good news for a Briton
1847: "It was spot on in all departments of Murray's game and that's very rare in the first round of a Grand Slam. He was sharp, the serve was good, variety was good, he's defending so well... it was first rate and to lose five games to someone of Chela's class, you can't ask for more than that."
John Lloyd on the Red Button

RESULT: Murray 6-2 6-2 6-1 Chela
A fantastic display ends with a love service game and Murray could not have done any more today.

Murray * 6-2 6-2 5-1 Chela
A Chela double-fault brings Murray back to 30-30 and the Briton steps in and hammers a backhand return winner. Break point, and Murray goes for it with another return but sends it wide. A second break point arrives soon enough but this time Murray nets a forehand. The Scot pulls a forehand down the line to earn break point number three and absolutely bludgeons the next return to grab the break. We're nearly there now...

Murray 6-2 6-2 4-1 * Chela
Oh yes. Murray throws in aces eight and nine of the day from 30-15 to seal an easy service game.

Murray * 6-2 6-2 3-1 Chela
An off-backhand return into the corner gets things going nicely for Murray and he just misses with a heavy forehand down the line. Deuce, and Chela hangs on when Murray fires a return long.

Murray 6-2 6-2 3-0 * Chela
Murray steps in and thumps a forehand down the line at 15-30 and he wraps up the game with his third attempted slam-dunk smash - two out of three on that shot so far today.

Murray * 6-2 6-2 2-0 Chela
Yep, as expected that previous game has just about finished off Chela and he drops serve to love.

Murray 6-2 6-2 1-0 * Chela
Murray holds after Chela gets a boost with a nice wrong-footing backhand and a return winner on his way back to deuce. A double-fault sees the British number one suddenly facing a break point, but Chela cannot control a kicking second serve. The Argentine then has Murray scrambling desperately but after some fine play he nets an easy volley with the open court gaping. He gets a measure of revenge with an unplayable net cord, but Murray comes through in the end.


Murray * 6-2 6-2 Chela
Rats. After eight hours my first major mistake of the day (I would argue) - the score in the previous game. If you wish to see it corrected you'll have to manually refresh I'm afraid. I know, I know... Meanwhile, Murray plays a couple of dream forehands on his way to 30-40 and set point, but Chela saves them both. Murray then whips another cross-court forehand past Chela at the net but misses with the return on set point number three. No problem, Murray hits yet another blistering forehand winner and takes his fourth set point when Chela nets a backhand.

Murray 6-2 5-2 * Chela
Whoops. Murray goes for another slam-dunk smash but manages only to slam it into the hoardings. The Scot plays a poor game to hand back one of the breaks. It shouldn't make much difference but it makes things a little trickier than necessary.

Murray * 6-2 5-1 Chela
Chela makes successive errors and is looking at another two break points at 15-40. The Argentine saves the first but goes long on the second and he looks a beaten man right now.

Murray 6-2 4-1 * Chela
Murray smacks down successive aces to hold to love. A lone voice sings Flower of Scotland in the crowd. Very moving.

1802: "To maximise your chances in the later matches you have to have as short as possible early matches. Andy should be looking to close this out in straight sets and conserve energy for later in the tournament."
From CaledonianCraig on 606

Murray * 6-2 3-1 Chela
Murray opens with a backhand down the line that is so sumptuous I could take a bite out of it. Beautiful. Chela is looking understandably forlorn but he gets to game point with a sharp forehand and Murray sends a backhand long.

Murray 6-2 3-0 * Chela
"Allez!" shouts someone in the crowd, I think because Murray is taking Chela apart here. Of course, he may be a Gallic Sunderland fan who has just found out that Newcastle have been relegated. Chela is dripping in sweat and gasping for breath at the changeover.

Murray * 6-2 2-0 Chela
Magnifique. A huge backhand winner and a killer lob take Murray to 15-40 and two break points, and he swats away a cross-court backhand on the second to take charge of the second set.

1750: "Hi, piers. Did you know murray once won an eating competition, managing 24 hotdogs in 10 minutes?"
From Peter in Edinburgh via text on 81111

Murray 6-2 1-0 * Chela
Chela hits an absolute screamer of a backhand for 0-30 and then races into the net to swat away a drop shot. It's 0-40 and the Argentine has three break points. He goes long with a return on the first, Murray hammers away a forehand drive-volley on the second, and the Briton draws a backhand error in an epic rally on the third to get back to deuce. After all that effort, Murray then sends a regulation forehand long to give up a fourth break point but Chela nets the return. Murray eventually sees out the game with a decent serve and a tired error from Chela.


Murray * 6-2 Chela
A cheeky drop shot from Murray really should not be a winner but Chela must have run about 5km already today, and after chasing it down he can only smack a backhand into the net. Another error follows and Murray has set point - a dodgy Chela drop shot is thumped away and Murray wraps up a very impressive set.

1736: "Chela is not going to last long that's for sure, Murray is putting him through the grinder here."
From Stuart on 606

Murray 5-2 * Chela
Murray sweeps through the first love game of the day, sealing it with a serve-volley.

Murray * 4-2 Chela
The dreaded matador chant goes around Court Suzanne Lenglen from a few French schoolkids, bless 'em. It's marginally less annoying than "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie - Oi, Oi, Oi" at Wimbledon. Murray is not concerned by any of this and cracks a cross-court forehand winner, followed by an extravagant Sampras-style smash for 30-30. The adrenaline is pumping as Murray storms into the net and Chela does well to hook a forehand past him on the run, before Murray misses with a forehand in a lengthy rally that follows.

Murray 4-1 * Chela
Things are a bit more tricky again for Murray on serve and he is relieved to see two Chela returns miss from deuce, but the Briton needs to get his first-serve percentage up from 48%.

Murray * 3-1 Chela
Here we go, Murray suddenly slips into top gear and leaves Chela trailing. The Briton hammers a Chela smash past the Argentine at the net for 0-30 and angles a beautiful backhand winner into the corner for 0-40. Chela saves the first break point but then double-faults and Murray has the break.

Murray 2-1 * Chela
Chela is really trying to force the pace and both men have started aggressively. The 29-year-old Argentine earns another two break points at 15-40 when Murray plays a poor drop shot that is thumped back past the Scot, but Chela then makes successive errors to let the chance slip away.

Murray * 1-1 Chela
Murray has a chance to break back at 0-30 up but he sends a regulation sliced backhand wide and then misses with an attempted forehand pass. A fizzing backhand return gets Murray a break point and Chela nets a forehand - we're all square.

Murray 0-1 * Chela
Murray drops serve in a very testing opening game. At deuce, the Scot nets a backhand before seeing off the first break point with a good drop shot and forehand follow-up, but he leaks a forehand wide on the second and it's a bad start for the world number three.
* denotes next to serve

1652: A quick update on the BBC coverage - we are streaming the match on the website, showing it on the Red Button and there is commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra. The players are out on Court Suzanne Lenglen, with Murray getting a decent cheer.

Murray 0-0 Chela
These two have met four times, with Chela winning the first at the Aussie Open three years ago but Murray taking the last three. This is the first time they have played on clay.

1645: Nadia Petrova beats Lauren Embree 6-1 6-2 - meaning we are about to see Murray v Chela.

1640: Peter Polansky and Philipp Petzschner have been out on Court 17 since time began and are now at the start of the fifth set. Odesnik has pegged Simon back to 5-5 in the second set and Stepanek has taken the first set against Gaudio.

1635: "It's all a circus. The whole thing is a circus. The way the ITF went about it was a disgrace in the first place."
Lleyton Hewitt on the ITF's decision to fine Tennis Australia US$10,000 for skipping a Davis Cup tie in India last month for security reasons

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1631: Looking forward to murrays opener. I'm unfortunately on court all day coaching at a tennis club that has chosen to put the football on rather than the tennis, so ur live stream is going to be all the more welcoming!"
From Chris, Derby, via text on 81111

1628: Ferrer is well on his way at 6-2 3-0 against Gil.

1622: "Many thanks Will, the same to you. Although since your resits will be during Wimbledon, I think I may have the better deal."
From James, Oxford, via text on 81111

1616: "At the moment, I just feel like running away. But we all make mistakes and this is an experience I'll be able to use for my future Grand Slam tournaments."
Mathilde Johansson after blowing eight match points in a 2-6 6-2 10-8 defeat by Vitalia Diatchenko

1610: Petrova races through the first set 6-1 against Embree and Murraytime is fast approaching. Simon is fighting back in the second set against Odesnik and 2004 champion Gaston Gaudio, here as a wildcard, is under way against Radek Stepanek.

1608: "Unfortunately James in Oxford (see 1544) is sadly mistaken, I happen to have 2 long weeks to revise for Finals, and can enjoy this sumptuous afternoon of sport, whereas he has a single day before his. However, I wish him all the best.."
From Will, Oxford, via text on 81111

1600: Another twist to the Karlovic story - his 55 aces against Hewitt are certainly a record in the Open era, but apparently renowned American tennis journalist Bud Collins claims in his book that Ed Kauder hit 59 aces while losing to Ham Richardson at the 1955 US Championships at Forest Hills. If anyone was there and can confirm that I would be thankful, and absolutely amazed.

1555: The trainer is on Lenglen because Embree took a tumble and has blood streaming from her knee. She's 3-0 down to Petrova. Odesnik has taken the first set against Simon on Chatrier.

1553: "Facing all those aces is frustrating, but you know what's going to happen. You have to take your half-chances. But it's also tough for him to have to keep serving aces over five sets."
Lleyton Hewitt after beating Ivo Karlovic, who hit 55 aces

1548: A seismic shock is on the cards on Chatrier. Well, seventh seed Simon is 5-2 down to Odesnik. David Ferrer, the 14th seed, has just started against Frederico Gil on Court Three.

1544: "Although Will in Oxford (see 1507) is undoubtedly showing off his vast tennis knowledge to the masses, I fear he won't be so chipper when his Finals results come in. They start tomorrow and I've seen his academic record so far..."
From James, Oxford, via text on 81111

1530: Next up for you, 11th seed Nadia Petrova against American Lauren Embree on the Red Button and streaming. Murray v Chela will follow that one. Next up for me, a quick trip to the tea bar. If you'll excuse me...

1524: Fernando Verdasco breaks Florent Serra and serves out the match 6-2 6-1 6-4. "It was a good performance, very solid, he looks fit and I think he could have a good run here. He's got a tough draw but he could be a danger man," says John Lloyd on the Red Button.

1518: Regarding Joachim 'Pim Pim' Johansson (see 1507), the big Swede did indeed lose in four sets to Agassi when setting the previous record for aces in a match back in 2005. He retired in February 2008 because of a shoulder injury but then came back in October of the same year and has been playing Challenger events in 2009. Earlier this month he got to the semi-finals in Izmir, Turkey. The big man is still only 26.

1511: Verdasco and Serra have just been through an epic game at 3-3 in the third set and the Frenchman did well to hold serve. Marin Cilic earlier finished off Jan Hernych for the loss of just seven games. Seventh seed Gilles Simon is up and running against Wayne Odesnik on Chatrier.

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1507: "If I remember rightly, wasn't it Joachim Johansson who had the previous record (see 1437 entry), also in a losing cause, against Agassi? What's happened to him?"
From Will, Oxford, via text on 81111

It's good news for a Briton
1457: An early look at Monday's order of play has arrived and Britain's very own Anne Keothavong will open proceedings at 1000 BST on Court Philippe Chatrier against world number one Dinara Safina. They will be followed by Nadal v Daniel, and then Federer v Martin. Sharapova and Roddick are among the others in action so it should be a good day. No word yet on the outside courts but Britons Katie O'Brien and Mel South may also be playing.

1452: The Red Button and streaming is switching to Verdasco v Serra now, with the Spaniard two sets up. It's been pretty quiet on the women's front for a while but there have been wins for France's Emilie Loit and Julie Coin, and Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic.

1446: Marat Safin beats Alexandre Sidorenko 6-4 6-4 6-4.

1444: I can confirm via Brooklyn Decker's twitter feed that she is just off to the Parisian catacombs with husband Andy Roddick, his coach Larry Stefanki and Mardy Fish's wife, Stacey Gardner. More updates to follow of this breaking news.

1437: Confirmation that Karlovic set a new world record of 55 aces in a match in his five-set defeat by Hewitt. "It doesn't say a lot for the rest of his game," says John Lloyd on the Red Button.

1432: Apologies for the delay there but I was waiting for Verdasco to wrap up the second set against Serra. It took a while but the Spaniard is now 6-2 6-1 up. Safin went very flat for a while there against Sidorenko but has recovered the break in the third set.

1415: As requested by Amy, Safin v Sidorenko coverage is back on the Red Button. The Russian is 3-0 down in the third set too, so you might get quite a lot more of him today.

1413: "I know the Hewitt match is epic but can we have Safin back online please. If he really does retire this season we need all of him we can get now."
From Amy, Surrey, via text on 81111

1411: Lleyton Hewitt beats Ivo Karlovic 6-7 6-7 7-6 6-4 6-3.

1410: "I knew I had to work hard for my points today, and I'm very happy I did that. And I kept my composure. Even though I had some time off during the Madrid tournament, I feel like it takes only few days to get back in shape. I feel very fit."
Ana Ivanovic after her first-round win over Sara Errani

1406: Safin is now two sets up on Sidorenko and Verdasco is making short work of Serra, leading 6-2 3-0, which means Murray might be on a bit earlier than feared. Hewitt leads Karlovic 5-3 in the decider after nearly four hours.

1402: The Red Button and streaming coverage has switched to Court One for the closing stages of Hewitt v Karlovic. And this reaches me from 5 Live's David Law: "Karlovic has just broken the world record for the most aces in a match. Previous record was 51, which he jointly held with Joachim Johansson. He's just hit his 53rd. And he's still going to lose most likely!"

1357: Safin has broken Sidorenko again and will serve for the second set. Verdasco is now a set up on Serra, Hewitt leads Karlovic 3-2 with a break in the final set, and Nicolas Almagro - conqueror of Andy Murray last year - has just started against Agustin Calleri.

1348: Sidorenko makes Safin pay for missing that earlier chance by breaking back for 3-3, and he celebrates as though he's won the title. Bearing in mind he's never won a tour-level match, it's fair enough. Meanwhile, Hewitt has a break in the third set against Karlovic and is on track for a remarkable victory, and Verdasco leads Serra 5-2.

1342: Safin misses a chance for the double break and both he and Sidorenko look exhausted as they head for their chairs, dripping in sweat - it's hot out there. Sidorenko then comes out and attempts to play a between-the-legs shot that goes wrong, although not with the disastrous consequences it could have had.

1332: Safin has moved a break clear of Sidorenko in the second set but the real action is over on Court One as Hewitt levels it up at two sets all against Karlovic.

The sun is out
1326: Hewitt finally has a break against Karlovic and is on course to take it to a fifth, Verdasco and Serra are under way on Lenglen, and people keep coming into the office and saying, "It's boiling out there!"

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1321: From a lady point of view, glad safin got rid of the yellow bee-style top... not crazy about the short hair though..Go Marat, show'm!"
From Shahra, Bristol, via text on 81111

1316: Safin serves out the opening set 6-3 against Sidorenko. Yen-Hsun Lu, conqueror of Andy Murray at the Olympic Games, has retired after dropping the first set 6-2 against France's Mathieu Montcourt. Not sure why but I'll let you know if I find out.

1311: Good news Jan Hernych fans - the Czech has finally got off the mark in game 10 against Marin Cilic and has cut the deficit to 6-0 3-1. Serra v Verdasco has still not got going on Lenglen, latest estimates for Murray v Chela are 1700 BST at the earliest.

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1303: "The sun might be out but THERE IS SO MUCH SPORT!!! Trying to follow it all on my mobile. Not looking forward to this months bill....."
From Jamie via text on 81111

1300: Safin lets a out a scream that shakes the very foundations of the stadium court as he slips break-point down, but the Russian sneaks through to lead 4-2.

It's good news for a Briton
1257: Praise be, Vitalia Diatchenko has beaten Mathilde Johansson 2-6 6-2 10-8 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Only Verdasco v Serra and Petrova v Embree to go, and then it's Murray time. Could be a while...

1252: Safin gets the first break to lead 3-2 against Sidorenko - the world number 146 and a former Aussie Open boys' champion. Hewitt takes the third set tie-break to trail Karlovic by two sets to one.

1248: Hewitt and Karlovic are into tie-break number three and the Australian will hope to have better luck this time around. Johansson and Diatchenko are now 8-8 in the final set on Lenglen and Andy Murray might as well settle down to watch the Grand Prix - he's fourth on that court against Chela.

1240: "Marat should have won way more than his two Grand Slams - he's a tremendous athlete, got every shot in the game, but hasn't had it mentally."
BBC Sport's John LLoyd on the Red Button

1236: In classic French style I have gone for le baguette. In less classic French style, I have also gone for a packet of cheese and onion crisps. In my absence, Marin Cilic has stormed into a 5-0 lead over Jan Hernych, the epic women's match on Lenglen is still going after well over two hours, and Safin and Sidorenko are 1-1.

1220: Right, I am taking the opportunity for a swift comfort break and a trip to the canteen. Sunday, on a Bank Holiday weekend - I'm not optimistic.... Back soon.

1218: "Phew. Watching Ivanovic play is incredibly painful at times! Saw her finger hovering above the self destruct button on serve during that second set. She is a joy to watch when hitting winners though!"
From george_the_second on 606

1216: Next up on Court Philippe Chatrier is Marat Safin - playing in his final French Open before retiring at the end of the year, apparently - against France's Alexandre Sidorenko. The opening women's singles is still going on Court Suzanne Lengelen, meaning we remain several hours from seeing Murray v Chela.

1213: "It was a tortuous encounter at times for the defending champion but in the end she was too strong. You could see from her reaction how much that meant to her."
BBC Sport's Mark Petchey on the Red Button

1211: Any thoughts of a dramatic finale pretty much end when Errani flops a double-fault into the net for 0-40. Defending champion Ana Ivanovic converts her third match point to win 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.

1208: Ouch. Ivanovic opens with an ace but is soon back to double-faulting and the ball toss has gone haywire. She saves a first break point with a fizzing backhand but Errani converts the second to trail 5-3. Karlovic takes the second tie-break against Hewitt to lead two sets to love.

1200: Ivanovic does her best to throw away one of her breaks with three double-faults in a nervous game, but Errani cannot capitalise and the Serb is now one game away from victory.

1153: Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan is the first man through with a 6-3 6-3 6-2 win over Germany's Denis Gremelmayr, and they'll be dancing in the streets of Astana. Golubev goes on to face Hewitt or Karlovic.

1149: Finally, Ivanovic is playing with a bit of freedom and the fearsome forehand is doing some serious damage. When you see a few points like that you wonder what she's been doing for the last couple of hours. Ivanovic breaks again and leads by a set and 4-1. Hewitt and Karlovic are 5-5 in the second after the Croatian won the opener, and it's slow progress on Court Suzanne Lenglen, where Murray v Chela is the fourth match on.

1143: Great stuff from the 22-year-old Errani, world number 44, as she saves three break points - the third with a blistering forehand down the line - but Ivanovic eventually makes the breakthrough when a rather dodgy smash does just enough. It's 2-1 with a break for the Serb.

1138: Ivanovic has to save two break points but comes through to level at 1-1 in the second set. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has beaten Ioana Raluca Olaru 6-3 6-2. Well done, A-Pav.

1134: China's Li Na, the 25th seed, is the first winner of the day, beating Poland's Marta Domachowska 6-4 6-2.

1131: "Well that was a great set to start with and should be a great day for tennis."
From Stuart on 606

1130: "Mr Newbery, in regards to my earlier comment, I'm sure the MAIN reason why you're looking forward to Ms Sharapova's comeback is because it's good to have some serious competition back again in women's tennis. The game has needed her. What other possible reason could there be?"
From Jinadine on 606

1127: "I'd love to see Ivanovic peeling off the winners, hitting them back-to-back. Will she go on now she's got that first set?"
BBC Sport's Sam Smith on the Red Button

1122: Ivanovic finally takes the first set against Errani, winning the tie-break 7-3 after the Italian disputes a line call early on. Elsewhere, Karlovic has taken the first set tie-break 7-1 against Hewitt.

1118: Errani has, in the words of BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese, "a sensational grunt". I'm currently reading Monica Seles's forthcoming autobiography in which she describes the press furore around her "grunting" at Wimbledon in 1992, and how she regrets keeping quiet in the final against Steffi Graf. Seles lost 6-2 6-2. A great player who has been slightly forgotten, I'd say.

1113: You are correct, Jinadine, I am looking forward to the return of a great champion and mighty competitor in Sharapova..... anyway, we have a belter of a match going on here and Ivanovic - fist pretty much permanently clenched now - earns two sets points at 6-5. Errani saves the first with a forehand, the second with a brave drop shot, and forces a tie-break with a delicate drop volley. Magnifique.

1105: "Admit it Mr Newbery. You're looking forward to Ms Sharapova making her comeback at the French Open."
From Jinadine on 606

1100: Ivanovic breaks straight back to level at 5-5, clenching her fist in delight/relief. And it's been pointed out to me that the climax of the Scottish Premier League could be the most exciting sport on offer anywhere today. Apart from here, obviously.

1056: Look out - Errani breaks defending champion Ivanovic and will serve for the set at 5-4. Ivanovic has made one of nine break points so far, which must be a tad annoying.

The sun is out
1049: So England v West Indies has just started, the Monaco GP is to to follow along with the golf from Wentworth and, of course, relegation day in the Premier League. And there is a League One play-off between Millwall and Scunthorpe too - which judging by the Millwall fans on my train at 8.30am could be "a bit lively". Or you could go outside and enjoy the sunshine, but it's overrated. Let's face it, it's all about Murray v Chela.

1045: Johansson wraps up the first set 6-2 against Diatchenko, but Ivanovic is already involved in quite a battle at 3-3. The defending champion has struggled over the last year with both form and injuries and is not widely expected to retain her title, but she could do without this an hour into the tournament. Aussie battler Lleyton Hewitt is 4-4 against enormous Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

1038: Away from the current action for a moment, a quick rundown of the latest random trivia - Ana Ivanovic has chosen the Kings of Leon as her pre-match inspiration this year; Rafael Nadal lost an exhibition set 7-5 against Argentinian world number 109 Brian Dabul yesterday; Andy Roddick informs us via twitter that after a hit this morning he will be visiting the Parisian catacombs; and Britons Anne Keothavong and Katie O'Brien were out having a practice on Court Philippe Chatrier early this morning.

1032: Ivanovic has just hit one of the worst serves I've ever seen, shanking it straight over the baseline, and she then tanks a drive volley into the net to drop serve. The Serbian still leads 3-2. In the race for the first 'W' of the tournament, France's Mathilde Johansson is the front runner as she leads Vitalia Diatchenko 5-1.

1027: Ivanovic has made a good start here and breaks Errani with a fabulous forehand return for 3-1. Fear not, all those of you asking about Murray v Chela, we will be switching our Red Button/streaming coverage to Court Suzanne Lenglen as and when the Scot begins his match.

1024: "Oooh la la! I cannot contain my excitement. Slams have a special flavour, the bbc showing the matches online, the weather is great and i sense this slam will throw up some suprises-cough- federer-cough. Perfect times!"
From Shahra, Bristol via text on 8111

1024: "Hi piers it's craig from birmingham. Mauresmo will reach the semis with the pressure off. What matches are on bbci?"
From anon via text

1022: "Good news for Murray with the weather, ball and surface will be relatively quick so should he should be fine."
From Stuart on 606

1020: Rest assured I will be giving you my half-baked opinion on exactly what will unfold over the next two weeks, but if you are able to view video you can get the thoughts of former world number four Greg Rusedski. That will just have to do for now...
"Rusedski on the 'big four'

1015: Ivanovic wins the first game on serve against Errani. There are no other big names in action yet, apart from the text commentator's nightmare - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Thank the lord for copy and paste.

1013: A quick word on the BBC coverage coming your way - we will be live texting every day, while at the same time streaming the action (usually from the main Court Philippe Chatrier) on the website for those of you who insist on actually watching the tennis. You can go the whole hog and access it via the Red Button, on what I believe are still called 'televisions', and Radio 5 Live will have regular updates.

1009: We are officially up and running as Ivanovic wins the opening point against Errani.

The sun is out
1004: The good news is that the sun is out in Paris, which is fortunate as they're lagging behind in the roof stakes. We should be seeing Andy Murray in action later against Juan Ignacio Chela, I'm guessing some time after 1500 BST, but who knows? Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt are also starting their campaigns today.

0959: First up this morning is the defending women's champion Ana Ivanovic against Sara Errani, and the players are now out on a sun-drenched Court Phillipe Chatrier. In traditional French Open style, the arrival of the two players has pretty much doubled the numbers on the stadium court.

0952: Morning all, and welcome to day one of the 2009 French Open. If you are enjoying a typical Sunday morning in Paris I imagine you are sitting down with a croissant, a cafe au lait, a copy of Le Figaro and an impossibly beautiful life partner. Here in Shepherds Bush it's more a case of a bacon sarnie, own-brand tea, a selection of red tops and a couple of bleary-eyed colleagues. Tant pis, tant pis....

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