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French Open day two as it happened


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By Mark Ashenden

1947: It's a wrap. Andy Murray on at 1000 BST against Eric Prodon on Tuesday. Set your alarms now and tell your boss you've got an important meeting. A notebook and a pen under the arm usually does the trick. They'll understand. On Court Phillipe Chatrier, third on is on-form Maria Sharapova vs Mirjana Lucic, and then it's Rafael Nadal vs American giant John Isner. Later on Tuesday, look out for Britain's Elena Baltacha who's playing American teenager Sloane Stephens. That's all folks. Night.

1939: A stunning win for Watson. She will next play Estonian 16th seed Kaia Kanepi. And for anybody who missed her great win or just want to re-live the glory, you can watch highlights of the match on the BBC Sport website and on the red button at 2200 BST with highlights also on 0110 BST on Tuesday on BBC Two.

1925: Some final words from Piers Newbery: "You can't argue with that, a terrific display from Watson and she gives Britain a first woman in round two since..... 1994. Heather's mum in the stands gets plenty of congratulations, lots of happy Brits on drifting away from court 6."

1933: Canadian Raonic fighting back to win the second set 6-4 to level at 1-1 in sets against Berrer.

It's good news for a Briton
1930: HEATHER WATSON BEATS STEPHANIE FORETZ GACON 7-6 6-1 in 96 minutes. That's the first British woman to win a match at the French Open in 17 years. Clare Wood was the last to win in 1994 and the 19-year-old Watson is now projected to break the top 100 after the tournament. Brilliant stuff.

1928: As Watson and Foretz Gacon battle it out in the late Paris shadows, just to let you know that Wozniacki will next face Canadian qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak for a place in the last 32.

1924: A wild forehand by Foretz Gacon hands Watson a match point. Mmmmm Keep the suspense up and keep the drama going. Nice one Heather. A double fault takes it to deuce. And a few wobbly ones - or "tight" as commentator John Lloyd calls it and the French woman gets a game back. 5-1.

1922: That French fan is STILL singing his heart out. "Stephanie...Stephanie...." She needs all the help she can get because Foretz Gacon is trailing 5-0 and facing Watson's serve. Bagel on the cards?


Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Watson is still bouncing around like it's the first game, Foretz looks like she could do with a lie down. Getting the runaround from a teenager is no way to spend a Paris evening."

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Alex in York, via text 81111: "Dissertation for Wednesday or Heather Watson? Simples."
You don't really need to be asking that do you? Is your dissertation on Britain's number three tennis player?

1914: Oh bonjour (again). Is it too early to get too excited? 11 minutes gone in the second set and Watson is 3-0 up and serving. I wondered why the French fan had gone a bit quiet. Remember - this is the top stat - no British woman has won a match at the French Open for 17 years.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1911: Another shout for the feast of tennis that's coming up on Tuesday. 5 live sports extra have commentary on Andy Murray's first round match against Frenchman Eric Prodon. Murray is first on court, with sports extra's TX starting at 1000 BST. They also have commentary on British number one Elena Baltacha's first round match against American Sloane Stephens. That match is third on court after two men's matches. Baltacha's match could therefore start any time from 1400 BST.

1909: Watson gets the early break and the cheeky Guernsey star then has the cheek to play a delightful dropshot from the baseline. Foretz Gacon can only dink it wide of the court and it's soon 2-0. The 19-year-old is flying.

1905: Wozniacki cruised to take a first set bagel against Date-Krumm and it's 2-2 in the second set. Rodina and Bremond are one-set all and 6-6 in the decider. Baghdatis is two sets up and 2-0 vs Gil. Canada's great hope Milos Raonic (26th seed) loses first set 6-4 to Michael Berrer and trails 4-3 in second.

1902: Some more words from our man at Roland Garros. BBC Sport's Piers Newbery says: "That was about as tight as a set gets, great effort from Watson to win it amid a real din coming from court 7. Can't tell from here - has Yannick Noah won the French Open again?"

James_Bramwell on Twitter: "Watching Heather Watson for the first time, she's impressive when being aggressive. Just wish she would show more of it!"

It's good news for a Briton

1854: The ladies change ends after Foretz Gacon bangs in an ace to lead 4-2. Watson gets the break back with another sloppy return by the French star but then the ball loops long to hand the initiative back to Watson's opponent. 5-4. Watson looks in charge with a dazzling rally but a wobbly smash allows Foretz Gacon to power the ball back for two set points. Bonjour bonjour. Watson has suddenly gone up two gears and pushes her opponent around in ruthless fashion and it's 6-6 in the tie-break.....

1852: A round-up of other scores coming right up after this tie-break. Just in case you thought I was ignoring everything else.

It's good news for a Briton
1847: Watson hanging in there and she gets it to deuce on Foretz Gacon's serve. The French player opens her body up and gets her third set point with a blistering backhand. More deuce though as Foretz Gacon hooks a ball shockingly wide. A wasted break point for Watson but after watching her opponent go long, the Brit takes it to a tie-break with a stunning forehand on the run. Magical. 6-6.

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1842: Heather Watson blows it. Shame. After all the hard work to get it to 5-5, a double fault gets Foretz Gacon the service break. The French woman is now serving for the set.

1841: Some more words from our man at Roland Garros. BBC Sport's Piers Newbery says: "A cheerful fellow near me has taken to bellowing "Ste-pha-nie!!!" at every changeover. Quite enchanting. Doesn't help her as she plays a poor game when serving for the set.">Shame, I was convinced he was shouting 'Let's go pretty Paris (pronounced Pareeee)"

1838: Flying start by Wozniacki. 4-0 against Date-Krumm and she's serving. Smooth.

It's good news for a Briton
1836: Watson has her opponent rattled with a sweet variety of baseline shots and mixing her length brilliantly. She's got two break points...and only needs one of them. It's 5-5. Game on.

1833: Watson serves up a couple of crackers to get it back to 4-5. I'm loving the French spectator (I'm assuming he's supporting Foretz Gacon) as he shouts some sort of football-fan chant. The chants never quite sound right unless you've got at least another 400 people singing the same thing. Poor lad's on his own. 10/10 for effort though.

1830: The BBC commentators began this match by suggesting a concern with Watson's "too conservative" tactics but the Brit shows plenty of guts with an attempted forehand winner when 30-40 down. The ball just lands the wrong side of the line and Watson is now serving to stay in the first set at 3-5.

1828: The blonde locks of top seed Caroline Wozniacki are now flowing in the Parisian late sunshine and she's already 2-0 up against Japan's Date-Krumm who is exactly double the age of the Dane. 20 v 40.

1825: 31 minutes gone and Watson seems to be settling with another service hold. The 19-year-old's still a break down though. 57% of her first serves won. That'll need to creep up a bit. Still hanging in there though.

1820: Nice response to famous sporting pros wearing glasses - Edgar Davids, Billie-Jean King, Daniel Vettori and Dennis Taylor. And the glasses of Foretz Gacon seem to be working as the French player survives break points to hold serve and lead 4-2.

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1819: SCORE ALERT: Richard Gasquet beats Radek Stepanek 7-5 6-3 6-0. The local peeps will be all over that.

1817: Foretz Gacon is the first to hold serve and then Watson does the same - the Brit trails 3-2.

1813: More words from Newbery. Is he wearing anything purple? BBC Sport's Piers Newbery says: "Star spot alert - TV impressionist and general funnyman Alistair Magowan has just arrived on court 16. As himself.">Alas, no clothing updates. Perhaps I should let you tweet the man with your requests.

1811: Gasquet is flying like a French train. Two sets up against Stepanek and 5-0 in the third and serving for the match. Baghdatis takes the first set against Gil on a tie-break.

1809: No service holds so far as Watson trails 2-1. Foretz Gacon by the way is playing in spectacles. An unusual sight in sport but quite a classy look. Can you think of any other big sport stars who wore or wear glasses?

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Sarah, via text 81111: "Gah, was just about to leave the office when I noticed this match about to start...go home or stay and watch the coverage?! Good luck Heather!"
Travel duration is key here. Longer than half an hour. STAY. Quicker - then get those legs moving. Let us know how you get on. I like the word 'GAH' by the way.

It's good news for a Briton
1803: In case I have struck fear into the tennis world, I completely made up the outfit Piers is wearing. Having said that, I don't know for a fact what he's wearing. Let's hope a second entry from the man may allay any fears. Beige cinnos and white-collared shirt perhaps. Watson battles back and breaks back straight away. 1-1. Good effort.

1800: The clock chimes six and there's only man we want words off. BBC Sport's Piers Newbery , of course who's basking in the late Parisian sun in his dungarees and Monfils-esque purple vest courtside and enjoying the start of Watson's match. "Watson finally gets on court just approaching 7pm. Still warm and the low sun is shining across court, so shouldn't trouble the players as much as it is me. Strong start from Foretz...."

It's bad news for a Briton
1757: A nervy start for Watson. Some nice forehands but Foretz Gacon is pushing the Brit all around the court and she makes an immediate break after Watson mis-times an ugly smash at the net.

1754: Don't worry. Half of one of my eyes is keeping across the other matches. Gasquet is now two sets up against Stepanek.

1752: What do we know about Heather Watson? The 19-year-old is ranked 117. It's her first ever showing at the French Open having had to come through qualifying - she was the first British woman since Kate Brasher in 1983 to win a match in the final qualifying round in Paris. It's only her second Grand Slam appearance after playing at Wimbledon last year. Let's see how she gets on.

It's good news for a Briton
1744: British tennis alert. Heather Watson strides on to Court 6 ahead of her battle with Stephanie Foretz Gacon. All thoughts please - tweet, text, do it.

1742: Before I start waving the Watson flag, a few results to catch up on. Czech ninth seed Petra Kvitova, who won the Madrid Masters on clay earlier this month, triumphed 6-2 6-1 over Hungary's Greta Arn. Slovakian 28th seed Daniela Hantuchova beat China's Zhang Shuai 6-3 6-3 and Italy's number 30 seed Roberta Vinci overcame compatriot Alberta Brianti 6-3 3-6 6-3.

It's good news for a Briton
1737: Thanks to our friends at 5 live, I can reveal that Britain's Heather Watson will be shaking her stringed weapon in around eight minutes on Court Six. It's been moved from Court 7. Hold on to your hats folks - following Anne Keothavong's third-set demise earlier, it's almost time for Guernsey's finest to do her thing.

1730: So much for my doom and gloom over Kirilenko 20 minutes ago. The Russian has bounced back to take the first set 7-6 and is a break up in set two. 27th seed Baghdatis is a break and 4-2 down against Portugal's Gil. And an update on Bartoli v Tatishvili. After losing the opener 6-1, she has stormed back to take the second 6-2 and leads 4-1 in the decider. Nice comeback.

1723: A match to leave all headline-writers salivating. 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria 6-1 6-2.

CTbbk on Twitter: "Off home to get my Roland Garros fix, and roar on Guernsey's finest! #BBCTennis"
You may have a little longer to wait. Hanescu took the first set 7-5 but Paire is 3-1 up in set two. Watson must be chomping at the bit in the changing rooms. Here's some build-up chat for you on Watson . Give it a read and come back and tell me how you think Heather will get on.

1710: Looks like the bad gag has done its trick. (see between entries 1621 and 1630). Bartoli was steam-rollered 6-1 in the first set by Tatishvili but the Man City striker, ahem, sorry, I mean the French 11th seed takes the second set 6-2. Mr Topsy-turvy that one. And it's a French flag from me as Gasquet takes the first set 7-5.

1707: Nip and tuck between Gasquet and Stepanek. The Frenchman clenches his fist and the crowd go a little wild as his serve stays strong under pressure to lead 6-5 in the first set.

1704: Look away now Aussie fans. There's a boy from Argentina called Carlos Berlocq who's just dumped out your only male representative at the French Open. Bernard Tomic loses 7-5 6-4 6-2. Bad times Down Under.

1659: You can't beat a cracking hyperbole. Tomas Berdych, who reached the French Open semi-finals last year, held a match point while leading 5-4 in the fifth set before losing to French qualifier Stephane Robert and said: "Obviously he is a guy who really loves to play there. And he just uses it 400% and just plays his best tennis. I cannot imagine somebody who can play a tennis like this being out of the top 100, playing qualifications. But that's the sport." 400% is quite an effort. I thought 110% was the upper limit. Bit like the Spinal Tap 11/10 scoring I imagine.

andy_murray on Twitter: "First up tomorrow, early night required... May even stay in and cook for myself however might not play well with an upset stomach!"
Any dietary recommendations for the Muzz man?

BBC Radio 5 Live
1654: Don't forget, there's plenty of action left today. But looking ahead for tomorrow (ie TUESDAY), I can tell you that 5 live sports extra will have commentary on Andy Murray's first round match against Frenchman Eric Prodon. Murray is first on court, with sports extra's TX starting at 1000 BST. Sports extra will also have commentary on GB number one Elena Baltacha's first round match against American Sloane Stephens. That match is third on court after two men's matches. Approx start time for Bally is 1400 - 1500 BST.

1644: Time for scores non? Or oui?Gasquet 4-3 up against Stepanek in the first set. Bremond is 3-0 up v Rodina. (Wozniacki up after this one). The 25th seed Kirilenko is struggling somewhat and is 5-3 down in opener against Vandeweghe. And remember - Court 7 is the important one to keep an eye on for all British tennis fans. Heather Watson on next with Paire and Hanescu 5-5.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "No pizza? There is pizza, gluten-free pizza," says Djokovic of his new diet. I don't know what gluten is but I'm giving it up. #bbctennis"
As a side issue, I had a pavlova last night. I was with a couple of lads aged 4 and 7 and their parents, in a quest to encourage them to eat this fine dessert, described it as pizza with cream on. I don't recommend everybody do this at home.

1637: Permission to shamelessly 'big-up' the Red Button action tomorrow. And it's quite a bloomin' day from 1000 BST. How about this? If I was trailing a film then I'd be giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Murray v Prodon. Sharapova v Lucic. Nadal v Isner. Baltacha v Stephens. Yakimova v Clijsters. Massive day.

1631: Not much French joy for 22nd seed Michael Llodra. He's lost to Belgian Steve Darcis 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 3-6 3-6. Rodina and Bremond up next on Court 1. And then it's Caroline Wozniacki. Can she get her hands on her first Grand Slam in Paris this year?

1630: Want to get involved in all of this? Feel free to tweet me with anything you like at @bbcsport_mark or just get involved by using the hashtag at #bbctennis ) OR if you prefer your phone, then text us on 81111 (UK) with TENNIS before your message.

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Nick, via text 81111: "Mario Balotelli plays tennis? (Sorry, I know it's not funny - I'm just bored of revising)"
Underneath my pleasant exterior, I'm as hard as nails. Hence the reason why I'm happy to name and shame Nick with his shocking attempt at comedy regarding the name of Marion Bartoli. Anybody else got any bad tennis gags?

1621: A few words from Federer following his relatively easy win over Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-4 7-6: "I thought I played a good match, even though it was a tough match. He had a couple of small chances but could not convert those." Also check out the fine prose by BBC Sport's Piers Newbery with his report on Federer and Djokovic.

ElenaBaltacha on Twitter: "Schedules just out! I'm playing 3rd match on Court 6 after 11am following 2 mens matches xx"
Thanks Elena. You've just saved me typing out a few words. SO a repeat from earlier...a British feast of tennis for tomorrow. Andy Murray first up at 1000 BST.

ivokarlovic on Twitter: "Eating pasta and chicken for the 9th time in last 4 days."
C'mon Ivo. It's the perfect diet. Although chicken and beans can never be beaten, as Alan Shearer will testify. Karlovic finding some consolation by burying his head into the Roland Garros cuisine after losing to Juan Martin Del Potro earlier.

1604: What a battle of Spain on Court 11. Ramos (who has dished up 81 winners) beats Marti 6-3 6-7 4-6 6-1 6-3. Only 4 hours and 26 minutes. That's a whopper. Incredible entertainment.

1559: Let's give you a round-up. The 11th seed Marion Bartoli v Anna Tatishvilli has just started on Court Philippe Chatrier. The Fishman (Mardy that is) goes through with a 6-2 6-7 6-2 6-4 win over Mello. Next up on Court 7 is Paire v Hanescu. This is a big court because the fourth match involves Britain's Heather Watson and Stephanie Foretz Gacon. Can Heather become the first British woman to make the second round of the French Open since 1994. Keothavong will be rueing some missed opportunities from earlier. What a day for Britain and Scottish tennis tomorrow. Baltacha and Murray in action.

The match is over
1551: GAEL MONFILS BEATS BJORN PHAU 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-0. "He's Mr Flamboyant" says commentator John Lloyd. He's a tad jealous of his blackcurrant top I feel. The crowd are understandably delighted though. Just 2 hours 17 minutes that match. Up next? It's another local boy - Richard Gasquet plays Radek Stepanek. Should be a good one.

1548: Monfils, who is sporting a quite remarkable purple vest, is in cruise-control and is now serving for the match. Easy now after a very spluttery start. (Again, don't know if spluttery is a word - definitely not a French word)

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Andy, a Guernseyman in Bath, via text 81111: "Guernsey is rightly proud of Heather Watson and the whole island is willing her on today! Pretty confident she can pick up the W, she's a gutsy girl."
Watson plays France's Stephanie Foretz Gacon in the fourth match on Court 7 later today.

1538: After losing the opening set, it seems Mr Monfils has settled his game and now leads 2-1 in sets. The Frenchman is also a break up in the fourth against German Phau. AND......Button de rouge (not sure that makes sense in French) and the BBC Sport website is now showing this match. Just a little BBC announcement for you.

HibaMS on Twitter: "Federer's won his first round match! Quite easily too. :) Sorry to see the handsome face of Feliciano Lopez go out though."
The Lopez fan club continues to grow. The word handsome is a scary one for me. Ladies used to be called handsome a hundred years ago.

1533: BREAKING NEWS: Andy Murray is first on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Tuesday when he plays home qualifier Eric Prodon in the first round. So that'll be 1000 BST. Full coverage details to follow.

1531: Federer not even breaking a sweat in his post-match interview. The third seed is up against Frenchman Maxime Teixeira in round two.

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ROGER FEDERER BEATS FELICIANO LOPEZ 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3). And he does it with an ace. Sweet way to wrap it up.

1527: Feds get the vital break to lead the tie-break 3-1 after Lopez slams one into the net. Lopez looks broken as he sends one long and it's 5-1 as the pair change ends. The battle of the headbands seems to be heading in favour of the Swiss.

1524: The sign of a top top player. 6-5 down, under pressure and his serve holds up brilliantly as Federer belts away a brilliant forehand winner to take the third set to a tie-break. Interesting.

1522: Want to get involved in all of these shenanigans? Plenty coming up. Britain's Heather Watson. Top seed Caroline Wozniacki. Feel free to tweet me with anything you like at @bbcsport_mark or just get involved by using the hashtag at #bbctennis ) OR if you prefer some phone operations, then text on 81111 (UK) with TENNIS before your message.

mike0759 on Twitter: " Got to feel sorry for Lopez drawing Federer in Round 1 at RG. Short day at the office unless he can get on Feds 2nd serve #BBCTennis"

A shock result
1516: And that's it folks for Mr Berdych. After taking the first two sets and cruising against Monsieur Robert, the Frenchman storms back to win 3-6 3-6 6-2 6-2 9-7. 203 minutes. Wow.

1512 Where better to head to than Court two and the Robert v Berdych battle? The sixth seed Berdo has been broken and now needs to break or he's out of the French Open. What an encounter. Three hours 23 minutes and counting.

1511: Tres grande words from a medium-sized man. Thank you. Afternoon. Alright?

By David Ornstein

1500: Cometh the hour, cometh the man. "Which man?" I hear you ask. Why BBC Sport's Mark Ashenden, of course. He's here to guide you through the rest of the afternoon - and what an afternoon it promises to be. By the end of it, Britain could have a woman in round two of the French Open for the first time since 1994. And hopefully we'll also have a winner from Tomas Berdych's meeting with Stephane Robert. They're currently locked at 7-7 in the decider. No quarter asked or given in that marathon. Berdych, remember, is the sixth seed. Big shock on the cards? I'll see you tomorrow.

1458: So far so good for FeLo in set three. He's just managed to hold for a 3-2, which puts an element of pressure on his legendary Swiss opponent. Getting more than a few texts from women professing their love for Mr Lopez. Am I missing something?

mike0759 on Twitter: "Got to feel sorry for Lopez drawing Federer in Round 1 at RG. Short day at the office unless he can get on Feds 2nd serve."

1449: No news of Tuesday's order of play yet, but we'll bring it to you as and when it lands. Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and Elena Baltacha among the names to look out for. Still plenty to come today, mind... the rest of Federer v Lopez, Wozniacki Date-Krumm, Gasquet v Stepanek, Petra Kvitova v Greta Arn and Britain's Heather Watson v Stephanie Foretz Gacon.

Elena Baltacha's coach Nino Severino on Twitter: "Another Prep session finished, some food, some treatment, some rest and then start closing down for the match 2moz."

1445: And Federer serves out with minimal fuss to take a two-set lead. Camera pans to one spectator using a folded newspaper - held in place over the head by a pair of sunglasses - to shield himself the sun. It's working a treat, just like the Federer serve. Take note, Wimbledon-goers.

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1339: Lopez holds in game nice but Federer will now serve for the second set. Fed Express looking cool as you like at the change of ends despite the toasty Paris temperatures. Over on Lenglen, Monfils has rallied against little-known Phau and looks good to level the match at a set apiece. Berdych and Robert going with serve in the decider on Court Two.

Leading coach Darren Cahill on Twitter: "Aussie Bernie Tomic kicks off his RG campaign now on Court 10. Takes on clay court veteran Carlos Berlocq. Winnable match for Terra!"

1430: I turn my back for one minute and Federer sneaks in a break. The third seed now facing Lopez's serve with a 4-2 lead in the second set.

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Ducky at RG, via text on 81111: "Watching an epic collapse from Berdych in front of an increasingly vociferous French crowd."

1425: Let's get over to Court 2 and see how Berdych and Robert are getting on in their fifth set. 2-2. Simples. Match duration on 157 minutes. Nice stat that.

1422: Back to Court Philippe Chatrier. The crowd are improvising with all manner of items such as handkerchiefs to cover their heads. It's getting warm out there as Lopez pours half a bottle of water over his face after holding his serve to lead 2-1 in set two against Feds. Roger in red dishes up his opening serve and he's struggling at 15-30. Hope for the Spaniard....

1417: A quick update on the boy Monfils. He's only gone and lost the opening set - 39 minutes of action and German Bjorn Phau wins it 6-4 against the French ninth seed.

1414: Seems an opportune moment to point you in the direction of Bill Wilson's piece on the £240m expansion plan for Roland Garros. It's a good read, take a look.

1410: Third seed Federer steps it up a gear to break the Lopez serve in game eight for a 5-3 lead, and then serve out the opening set. A looping crosscourt backhand winner in game nine brings the spectators on Chatrier to their feet. The fist is pumping. Well and truly into his stride now, the Swiss.

1405: Talking of five-setters, sixth seed Tomas Berdych has let slip a two set lead against Stephane Robert - another French hope - and the pair are about to begin the decider.

1400: There was a warm welcome for French ninth seed Gael Monfils as he walked out on to Court Suzanne Lenglen not too long ago. But the notoriously hard-to-please crowd won't be happy to see their man slip down a break against unseeded Bjorn Phau. Loves a five-setter, does Gael.

1358: Low-key start to Federer v Lopez on Chatrier. Roger looks resplendent in a red shirt and white shorts, FeLo also in white shorts but with a blue top. The Spaniard holds for 3-3 in the first set despite a magnificent backhand winner up the line from Federer at 40-0. Not much talk about world number three Fed coming into Roland Garros this year - remarkable considering he's a 16-time Grand Slam champ. The Swiss for 4-3.

The match is over
Vera Zvonareva beats Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-3 6-3 to reach round two of the French Open.

The match is over
Juan Martin del Potro beats Ivo Karlovic 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 7-5 6-4 to reach round two of the French Open.

Anon via text on 81111: "So sorry for AK bit have to say I agree with Adam G - when you're a set and a break to the good, you close it out. No excuses."

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Luke, Birmingham, via text on 81111: "I don't think it's a question of the 'usual British collapse', I just think we have an issue with talent. No-one can deny our passion and stickability, but at the moment we must accept that, with the obvious exception of Mr Murray, we're just not good enough!"

1338: So the 17-year wait for a British woman to reach round two of the French Open goes on. All eyes turn to Heather Watson, who plays Stephanie Foretz Gacon in the fourth match on Court Seven, and Elena Baltacha, due to begin her campaign on Tuesday. Watson's match will be shown live on the BBC Red Button and you can also listen to radio commentary via 5 live sports extra.

Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "GSM Dolonts. Much tennis, many breaks, much heartache for Annie K. 3 hrs 21 mins. So very near but not to be."

It's bad news for a Briton
The match is over
Vesna Dolonts beats Anne Keothavong 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1) to reach round two of the French Open.

1334: Play resumes on Court 16 and they're at deuce. 'Tense' doesn't even begin to sum this one up.

Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "For those awaiting latest on Annie K, she is receiving extended treatment at end of 9th game. Dolonts skipping back to baseline."

1330: Seems Adam G's text has caused quite a stir. Half of you agreeing and slamming British tennis, the other half completely disagreeing and standing up for Keothavong and her colleagues. Keep the comments coming - I'll pick out the best of them.

Judy Murray on Twitter: "Think Anne just asked for trainer. May be cramping... 3hr 10 they've been bashing away"

1324: Dolonts responds with a comfortable hold, meaning Keothavong will now serve to stay in the French Open.

1320: Keothavong completes a gritty hold for 4-4.

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Adam G via text on 81111: "Usual British collapse unfolding before us. Predict the same old noises afterwards: "I was doing really well, then I started making more mistakes and she was stronger than me in the end, blah blah." No fight. Poor."
Harsh. Very harsh.

1314: Make that 4-3 to Dolonts. Massive game coming up for Anne.

1312: Let's quickly turn our attention back to Court 16, where Britain's Anne Keothavong has exchanged breaks with Vesna Dolonts in the deciding set. Dolonts currently serving at 3-3.

1310: So, world number two Djokovic extends his unbeaten sequence in 2011 to 38 consecutive matches - 40 if we include the end of last season. He's now only four victories shy of John McEnroe's record start to a year (42 straight wins in 1984), and six away from Guillermo Vilas's all-time winning streak of 46 in 1977.

The match is over
Novak Djokovic beats Thiemo de Bakker 6-2 6-1 6-3 to reach round two of the French Open.

1304: De Bakker "hanging in there"... you what? Djokovic races to 40-0 on his opponents serve and that means three match points.

1300: De Bakker - aka Van der Sar - hanging on in there against Djokovic but you get the feeling it's only a matter of time. The Dutchman is serving at 6-2 6-1 5-3 as we speak. Over on Court One, Del Potro now leads Karlovic by two sets to one after taking the third 7-5. The big Argentine has clocked up 62 winners, Karlovic 78. Berdych is two sets to the good against Robert.

1255: How dare I entertain such thoughts?! Keothavong breaks back and is now serving at 1-2 in the deciding set. Her defeat by Andrea Petkovic at the Australian Open is now a distant memory...

1252: More agony for Keothavong as she fails to make an impression on the Dolonts serve in game one of the third set and is then broken to fall 2-0 down. Still time to turn it around but memories of her 2-6 7-5 6-0 defeat by Andrea Petkovic at the Australian Open are beginning to creep into my mind.

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Jo, Leeds, via text on 81111: "Nole looking in imperious form, although I'm somewhat missing his eagle and dragon shirts from previous Slams - this white shirt is a bit tame for my liking. De Bakker - what is going on with 1. his sleeves and 2. the sweatbands halfway up his arms? Crazy."

1238: Away from the heart-stopping British drama, Djokovic takes the second set against De Bakker and moves a break to the good in the the third. Can anyone stop this? Astonishing.

Alex Willis on Twitter: "Quel domage. Annie K drops 2nd set 5-7 in the tie-break, & pops off to the loo before the decider. Dig deep, AK, dig deep."

It's bad news for a Briton
1230: Keothavong gets to 5-5 but Dolonts holds for 6-5. Set point... duh duh duh... huge moment for Anne... the Russian mini-breaks for 7-5 to level the match. Into a decider we go...

1228: Nail-biting stuff on Court 16. Dolonts races into a 5-2 lead in the breaker but back comes Annie K and is now serving at 5-3 behind.

1224: Care to peel your eyes away from the Keothavong updates? If so, you probably won't be surprised to hear Novak Djokovic is tearing Thiemo de Bakker to shreds. He's closing in on the second set and has conceded only three games all match. Zvonareva looks set to take the first set against Dominguez Lino and Del Potro is at 4-4 with Karlovic in the third set. Oh, and Berdych is a set up on Robert.

Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson on Twitter: "Anne Keothavong breaks to take it into a 2nd set tiebreak. 6-3 6-6. Can 17 years of hurt be over soon???"

1220: Keothavong saves set point at 6-5 and here's a break-back point... there it is! Into a tie-break we go.

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Joshua Stenhouse via text on 81111: "I'd put my house on Keothavong for a complete collapse if it goes to a 3rd set!"
Now, now Joshua, that's not very nice, is it?

1218: Oh dear. Dolonts his straight back to restore her break at 6-5. The Russian to serve for the second set once more.

Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "Smashing court coverage from Keothavong who breaks back to 5-5 with rasping F pass."

1212: Dolonts makes a right donut of that service game as Anne Keothavong breaks back for 5-5 and keeps alive her hopes of a straight-sets triumph. Lots of you rooting for Anne but keep the messages coming via the Twitter hashtag #BBCTennis, @bbcsport_david and text to 81111 (UK).

1210: Keothavong update... Anne holds under pressure for 4-5 and must now break Dolonts back if she is to remain in contention for the second set. If Dolonts serves out, we're into a decider.

Tom_McWhirter on Twitter: "Well this could be a quick one then. Nole looking as good as he has all year. Also, what's going on with De Bakker's sleeves?"

1205: Three set points for Djokovic... De Bakker benefits from a net cord on the first but is wrong-footed on the second as his masterful Serbian opponent dispatches an unstoppable forehand. Djokovic takes it 6-2. A colleague says, "he's quite good at tennis, that lad". Never has a truer word been spoken.

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1200: World number three Vera Zvonareva is up and running on Court Suzanne Lenglen. She plays unseeded Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino and has held serve in game one. Any Del Potro supporters out there? Your man is back on level terms after taking the second set against Ivo Karlovic. Men's sixth seed Tomas Berdych is also playing today - he's just got started against Frenchman Stephane Robert on Court Two. Not such good news for British fans - Anne Keothavong has been broken by Vesna Dolonts and is now serving to stay in the second set.

Judy Murray on Twitter: "Big noise on crt 17 as Tommy Haas takes 2nd set v the Turk Ilhan. The French crowd love a bit of flair...+ a single handed backhand! Moi aussi"

1150: De Bakker gets his name on the board in game four and out comes the fist-pump head-thrust routine. Djokovic responds with a hold to love for 4-1. Looks a bit like Edwin van der Sar under that blue baseball cap, does De Bakker. Shame his defensive skills don't seem quite as strong as those of his footballing compatriot.

1145: ...not if the early indications are anything to go by. Djokovic breaks De Bakker in game two and then holds with a volleyed winner for 3-0. There's also been a break of serve on Court 16 but which way has it gone... Dolonts hits back to check Keothavong's progress and put us back on serve in the second set. On Court One, meanwhile, Del Potro is still a break to the good in the second set against Karlovic. The giant Argentine is about to serve at 6-7 4-2.

1135: NoDjo kicks us off with a service hold to 15. Barely a bead of sweat on the young man's brow. I vividly recall De Bakker bringing John Isner back down to earth after his heroics at Wimbledon last year - could the Dutchman do the same again today?

The sun is out
1134: Blazing sunshine greets the arrival on Chatrier of a man who's blazing a trail through men's tennis right now. Novak Djokovic won all 37 of his competitive matches in 2011 and his last 39 if we are to include last season. The world number two, who turned 24 on Sunday, is only five wins from equalling John McEnroe's record start to a year of 42 in 1984, and seven victories from equalling Guillermo Vilas's all-time winning streak of 46 matches in 1977. This could be the start of a truly historic fortnight for the in-form Serbian.

Alex Willis on Twitter: "Wowowow. Dr Ivo takes first set from Juan Martin Del Potro on a tie-break....looks like those balls/dry courts are treating his serve well."

1125: Next up on Chatrier, the Red Button and the console at the top of this page... Djokovic v De Bakker. Quick update on Del Potro v Karlovic - Ivo took the opening set on a tie-break but is a break down in the second. Anyone fancy a five-set classic? Over on Court 16, Britain's Anne Keothavong has gone a break up on Vesna Dolonts in the second set. History beckoning for Annie K.

Infostrada2012 on Twitter: "Titleholder Francesca Schiavone comfortably through to R2. Only defending RG champ to be knocked out in R1 - Myskina in 2005."

A bagel
The match is over
Defending champion Francesca Schiavone beats Melanie Oudin 6-2 6-0 to reach round two of the French Open

1113: On the back of a break at end of first set with Keo, Piers says: "Dolonts receiving treatment to her foot, meanwhile the entire side of Court 16 is standing up and peering over at Rog on Court 18. Apart from the British press, obviously."

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Keothavong takes the first set with a brilliant backhand off a smash. Slightly disturbed by the arrival of Roger Federer to practise on the next court, and half the crowd's determination to turn around and watch that."

1108: Franny Schiavone on course for Monday's first bagel - she's a set and 5-0 up on Oudin on a sun-drenched Chatrier. Talk of bagels is making me hungry. Mr guy_mccrea on Twitter suggests I snack on a bowl of Special K in honour of Miss Keothavong. Again, there are other delicious cereal providers available.

It's good news for a Briton
1105: Set point Keothavong... and she does it! Could this be the day Britain gets a woman into the French Open second round for the first time in 17 years? Stay tuned.

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1100: Reigning champ Francesca Schiavone appears to be cruising into round two. She's a set and a double-break up against Melanie Oudin on Chatrier. Forgot to mention, the Red Button coverage is streamed live at the top of this page. Little to choose between Del Potro and Karlovic on Court One, 6-5 to Ivo in the opener. Brutal contest. Daniela Hantuchova, the women's 28th seed who seems finally to have stopped Tweeting about her love of Nutella*, is a set and a break to the good against China's Shuai Zhang and Anne Keothavong has just held for a 5-3 lead against Dolonts. fine work from the British number two.
*Other delicious chocolate spread providers are available.

BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Keothavong is getting enough backhand practice in this match to last the summer. Dealing with it well. Crowd filling up too."

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Desperately close on Court 16, Keothavong seeing an early break disappear as her forehand goes off for a bit, getting it back in game 5 with some terrific backhands. Sunhats, suncream and sensitive skin are the order of the day for the growing Brit contingent in the crowd."

WTA's Kevin Fischer on Twitter: "Last time 2 GBR win 1r @rolandgarros (1992: Durie, Gomer); last time 3 or more (4 in 1981: Wade, Coles, Jevans, Hobbs)"

1045: Unfortunately we don't have any TV or radio coverage of Keothavong v Dolonts but, as mentioned, I'll keep you bang up to date. Annie K has broken serve and held for a 4-2 lead out on Court 16. If you've got access to the BBC Red Button today's schedule is as follows: Melanie Oudin v Francesca Schiavone; Thiemo de Bakker v Novak Djokovic; Feliciano Lopez v Roger Federer; Stephanie Foretz Gacon v Heather Watson. Also, Radio 5 live sports extra will have commentary on Foretz Gacon v Watson. They're fourth on Court Seven, so could start any time from 1500 onwards, although it's more likely to be nearer 1700.

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Anon via text on 81111: "In response to 1020, me and my boyfriend like to (endearingly) call Marion Bartoli 'Donut' as sometimes she looks like she's had a few before playing. "

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1034: Solid start for defending champion Francesca Schiavone on Court Philippe Chatrier. The Italian has opened up a 5-2 lead in the first set against American teenager Melanie Oudin. Juan Martin del Potro and Ivo Karlovic are going with serve on Court One, while Vesna 'donut' Dolonts has recovered the break against Britain's Anne Keothavong and they're now evenly-poised at 2-2 in the opener.

1030: Big day for our Anne and it's a big day for you lot too. I mean, surely you don't want to just sit back and read my ramblings all day? No, me neither... I'm very much in the market for your assistance. How? Simply post a comment using the Twitter hashtag #BBCTennis or write to me directly @bbcsport_david - all questions welcome. You can also pop over a text message to 81111 (UK).

1020: As Piers alludes to, Keothavong is among the early starters. No TV pictures from Court 16 but we'll keep you posted on the British umber two's progress. She's actually just broken serve in game one so it's good news unless, of course, you're Vesna Dolonts fan. Came dangerously close to writing 'donut' instead of 'Dolonts'. Can you tell I haven't eaten breakfast?!

It's good news for a Briton
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery at Roland Garros: "Anne K arrives on court 16 several minutes after Dolonts - mind games! Orange dress for the Brit means she's almost invisible too. Sunny, gentle breeze, a few Brits in…perfect."

1015: Safe to say the dearth of leading names in action on Sunday caught the eye of the British press pack. "Lack of big guns a French flop" says the Sun, with tennis correspondent Steve Brenner writing: "The start here in Paris has been as flat as a pancake trampled on by a very large horse." Similar sentiments are echoed by the Independent's Paul Newman who, under the headline "Touts suffer as Slam begins with a whimper instead of a bang", argues that "this was a strange way to start a Grand Slam tournament". Newman adds: "The highest ranked man in action on the first day was David Ferrer, who would sometimes have trouble filling a lift, let alone a tennis stadium." Elsewhere, Mark Hodgkinson of the Daily Telegraph focuses on Andy Murray's first-round match on Tuesday against French journeyman Eric Prodon, nicknamed 'The Roger Federer of the Futures'. "It sounds very much like an insult dressed up as a compliment, the tennis equivalent of an actor being described as 'The Laurence Olivier of the panto circuit'," Hodgkinson suggests. The Guardian also concentrates on Murray v Prodon, with Kevin Mitchell pointing out that the British number one has slipped up against unheralded opponents in the past and is right to urge caution this time round. In the Daily Mail, Mike Dickson highlights the poor record of British women at Roland Garros and asks whether Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong or Heather Watson can buck the trend. Last but by no means least, Neil Harman of the Times looks at the health of the women's tennis - analysing Maria Sharapova specifically - while also reporting on Richard Gasquet under the headline "Brittle Gasquet aiming to give free rein to artistic expression".

The sun is out
1005: So here we are, day two of the season's second Grand Slam tournament. After the perceived malaise of Sunday, surely today marks the real start of the 2011 French Open? Djokovic, Federer, Wozniacki , Schiavone and Del Potro all feature on the cast list. Keothavong and Watson flying the British flag. The Parisian sun is shining, the players are ready and the clay looks pristine. What more could you possibly ask for?

1000: The calm before the storm, l'entree avant le plat principal, the warm-up act for the main event... a Sunday start to the French Open may not have been to everyone's liking, but it has whetted the appetite extremely nicely for what should be an absolutely barnstorming Monday at Roland Garros. Allons-y...

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Djokovic cruises through in Paris
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Schiavone breezes into round two
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Watson advances into second round
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French Open - day one as it happened
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