French Open 2013 - day one as it happened

Roger Federer and Serena Williams win as Gilles Simon beats Lleyton Hewitt in five sets on day one.

26 May 2013 Last updated at 16:08 GMT

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  1. 1705: 

    As David Ferrer heads back to the locker room it's time for us to bid you farewell after what has been an entertaining opening day in Paris. There's less than 24 to go until we return, however. Phew. There will be more French Open live text commentary on Monday and it's a stellar list on the schedule: Rafael Nadal, Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Laura Robson, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga... until tomorrow.

  2. 1701: 

    It's turning into a tantalising tussle on Philippe Chatrier, where home favourite Michael Llodra has nudged 2-1 ahead after securing the third set 6-1. Over on Court One, Sabine Lisicki is a set to the good against Sofia Arvidsson. And a marathon tussle on Court Three has finally ended in Andreas Seppi's favour. The 20th seeded Italian beat Leonardo Mayer 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-4.

  3. 1654: 

    David Ferrer, at times, made it seem like hard work but the fourth seed eventually got the better of Marinko Matosevic, overcoming the Australian 6-4 6-3 6-4.

  4. 1649: 

    The scheduling machine has churned out Monday's order of play and day two promises to be a wee bit tasty. Defending champion Rafael Nadal is second on Philippe Chatrier, while Maria Sharapova is fourth. Agnieska Radwanska kicks off proceedings on Court Suzanne Lenglen against Israel's Shahar Peer, while Laura Robson and Caroline Wozniacki will be third on Lenglen. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet will also be in action on Lenglen.

  5. 1642: 

    David Ferrer, with a break point, composes himself by grabbing a towel to wipe his perspiring brow. He then bounces on the baseline before facing the Marinko Matosevic serve and the Australian crumbles at the sight of the fourth seed. The Spaniard has never lost in the first round at Roland Garros and is now serving for a 5-3 lead.

  6. 1630: 

    David Ferrer changes his shirt, radioactive green is the colour of choice for the third set, and after seeming to be cruising towards the second round the Spaniard suffers a slight blip. (I'm not associating a change of shirt with a change of fortune.) Marinko Matosevic breaks back to level at 2-2 in the third.

  7. 1628: 

    Roger Federer says he was happy to play on the opening day, despite not always having been a fan of the 15-day schedule that only exists in Paris. "I get the Sunday start, but it's always something that's a debate within the ATP and the French Open. But I'm happy this time around. I told them if they wanted me to play Sunday, whatever, I'm fine with it. They took that opportunity right away, so..."

  8. 1624: 

    Lleyton Hewitt is coy on his future when asked whether he'll be back in Paris next year. "Don't know," he says. "Haven't even thought about it."

    On losing over five sets to Gilles Simon, he adds: "It's disappointing, but I didn't obviously come here with massive expectations. He's a quality player as well."

  9. 1611: 

    David Ferrer has quickly woken from his slumber and clinches the second set 6-3 when Marinko Matosevic directs a forehand return long. Michael Llodra wrapped up the first set 6-4 against Steve Darcis, although the Belgian has broken early in the second set to lead 3-1.

  10. 1600: 

    Ferrer, the great hustler, has nibbled at Marinko Matosevic's lead and has twice broken back to level at 3-3 in the second. The gulf between the pair is accentuated by their career earnings. Fourth seed Ferrer has won $18,544,109 in career prize money while Matosevic has taken home $917,780.

  11. 1557: 
    Marinko Matosevic

    What's to know about Marinko Matosevic? Well, the right hander was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina but now resides in Melbourne. His father is called Branko and his mum is called Ljubica. If he were to take you out for a meal then he'd probably choose an Italian or a Greek restaurant, as those are his favourites, and a night in would probably involve watching The Godfather, as that's his favourite film.

  12. 1546: 

    Marinko Matosevic has broken David Ferrer! Twice! The Spaniard has never been a man for a straightforward victory. The 27-year-old, ranked 63 in the world, notched three break points and a wild Ferrer forehand has allowed the Australian to ease 3-0 up in the second set. Jeremy Chardy is in control on Court One. The Frenchman, the 25th seed, is two sets up against Germany's Benjamin Becker and it's with serve in the third set at 4-4.

  13. 1536: 

    "Daviiiide," shouts a lone voice on Suzanne Lenglen. Spaniard David Ferrer earns two set points, but only needs the one as Marinko Matosevic sends a forehand into the net. First set to the fourth seed who hit only nine winners during that opening set but made seven fewer unforced errors than his Australian opponent.

  14. 1528: 

    There's been an upset on Court Two. Eleventh seed Nadia Petrova is out after succumbing 3-6 7-5 6-4 to the unseeded Puerto Rican Monica Puig. Also through to the next round is Sam Querrey, who beat Lukas Lacko 6-3 6-4 6-4, while Petra Cetkovska defeated Olga Puchkova 6-0 6-2 over on Court 17.


    Kayley Jay: "Pablo Carreno-Busta must feel really hapless. His first match in ANY tennis major and what happens...? Ouch."

  16. 1518: 

    There's more from Francophile Serena Williams. "I'm really into the food here," says the world number one."I didn't know it was so good. I've got to watch that waistline!" Haven't we all, Serena, haven't we all.

  17. 1516: 

    Serena Williams, who owns a flat in the French capital, has gone all Parisian. "My friend Val is taking a painting class," she says after her first-round victory. " I said 'wow, that sounds so French, you go to Paris and you paint and you meet someone'. That would be really cool. I was, like, I want to get in the class. I ended up going to a painting class. It was fun. Really random. I'm probably the worst artist alive. So I didn't do so well, but it was really, really, really fun."


    Hafsa Shaikh: Incredible backhand by Federer, still the master.

    Infostrada Sports: Roger Federer wins his 55th Men's singles match at #rolandgarros to move within one of the record 56 of Guillermo Vilas.

  19. 1501: 

    Off trots Roger Federer to cheers. The Parisians do love Roger. Frenchman Michael Llodra will be hoping his compatriots haven't whopped and hollered themselves hoarse as he is next on Phillippe Chatrier against Belgium's Steve Darcis.

  20. 1457: 

    Oh la la! Roger Federer drills a backhand down the line to secure a 6-2 6-2 6-3 victory against Pablo Carreno-Busta in one hour and 20 minutes.


    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery: Robson v Wozniacki third on Lenglen tomorrow, approx 1-2pm UK. Nadal 2nd on Chatrier, Watson & Baltacha on Tuesday.

  22. 1454: 

    Time to refocus on what is happening on Philippe Chatrier. Pablo Carreno-Busta is proving to be more of a roadblock than he was, but Roger Federer continues to hold his young opponent in a vice-like grip. The Swiss dashes towards the net and the duo embark on a circus-like routine, lobs here there and everywhere. But, as you'd expect, Federer comes out on top to hold for a 5-3 lead. The 31-year-old is a game away from victory.

  23. 1449: 

    News has filtered through that Laura Robson will be in action on Monday. The 19-year-old will be the only British player competing as Heather Watson and Elena Baltacha are scheduled to begin their campaigns on Tuesday.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Great fun on Lenglen, where Simon does his best to throw it away from 5-0 in the third. A big cheer for Hewitt as he departs and the Aussie battler gives a little twirl and a wave - as always these days, could be the last time he's seen on this court."

  25. 1442: 

    Three match points for Gilles Simon... the crowd call for hush... the duo embark on a baseline rally and it's Lleyton Hewitt who blinks first, directing a forehand into the tape. A wild roar from Gilles Simon and equally boisterous cheers from the home faithful. A barnstorming 3-6 1-6 6-4 6-1 7-5 victory for the Frenchman in three hours and 19 minutes. Hewitt's exit means only three Grand Slam champions remain in the men's draw.

    Gilles Simon
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Good old Lleyton. Great stuff on Lenglen as Hewitt recovers from 5-0 down, and saves two match points. The crowd flits between full-blooded support of the Frenchman and huge groans of despair."

  27. 1436: 

    Boom-bada-bing! Or something like that. Gilles Simon seemed to have negotiated the final furlong and was galloping towards the finishing line, but Lleyton Hewitt has somehow brought the Frenchman crashing back down to the red dirt, breaking back twice. It's with serve at 6-5 in the fifth set, with Hewitt serving to level.

  28. 1435: 
    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer, a new recruit to the world of Twitter, asked his followers to decide which colour bandana he should wear for this match. 2,382 of his 221,474 followers felt strongly enough to vote and an overwhelming 75% wanted to see Fed in a violet bandana. A wise choice. Back to the tennis, and Federer has already broken in the third set and is 2-0 to the good. He could probably tweet while returning serve.

  29. 1430: 

    Roger Federer clinches the second set 6-2 to move two sets up within an hour. Spain's Pablo Carreno-Busta understandably seems a little overwhelmed to be playing against one of the greats.

  30. 1425: 

    Lleyton Hewitt holds to win three games on the trot, but Gilles Simon still has a chance to serve for the match. It's 5-3 in the Frenchman's favour in the fifth. Can the 15th seed hold his nerve against the former world number one? I shall keep you informed.

  31. 1422: 
    Heather Watson

    Britain's Heather Watson seemed in good spirits during practice. The 21-year-old says she is "90-95% fit" ahead of her first-round clash with Stephanie Voegele. "If I wasn't ready, I wouldn't have come," said Watson, who has been sidelined for two months with glandular fever.

  32. 1418: 

    Wow. It's all happening on Suzanne Lenglen. Lleyton Hewitt breaks back to trail 15th seed Gilles Simon 5-2 in the deciding set. Over on Court Two, 11th seed Nadia Petrova won the first set 6-3 against Monica Puig. It's with serve at 5-5 in the second.

  33. 1413: 

    Roger Federer drags his young opponent towards the net with a beautifully weighted drop shot. The Spaniard faltering under the pressure, and is unable to match the 17-time Grand Slam champion. A fourth break point of the match for Federer - and he takes it. The Swiss is now 3-0 to the good in the second set.

  34. 1409: 

    Gilles Simon is a game away from stepping into the second round. Lleyton Hewitt, bedevilled by blisters, is serving to stay in the match.

  35. 1407:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "The first real drama of the day is unfolding on an almost full Court Suzanne Lenglen, usually the best venue at Roland Garros. It even feels warmer than Chatrier. Lleyton Hewitt might not be enjoying it right now as he looks on course for defeat from two sets up against Gilles Simon, but a dramatic home win is good news for the tournament on a chilly day one."

  36. 1405: 

    Roger Federer strolls back to his chair, wipes his perspiring face, after serving out the first set 6-2. Two aces, 10 winners and 67% of points won on the Swiss' first serve during the opening set.


    Kofi Botwe: My man Federer now on court, No disrespect to Carreno-Busta but you all know the GOAT will finish him under 2 hours.

  38. 1400: 

    Federer has spent a few months away from the sport, which perhaps explains why he has failed to win a title during the build-up to the French Open. The Swiss master raced out of the blocks to go 5-0 ahead - but the wiry Pablo Carreno-Busta grabs his third break point in the sixth game of the first set. It's 5-2 and the Spaniard has found his mojo.

  39. 1352: 

    It's building up to a crescendo on Suzanne Lenglen where Gilles Simon has taken the match into a fifth set decider. Lleyton Hewitt, who was merrily skipping into the second round when he was two sets up, is now suffering with blisters. The drama. Simon, much to the delight of his compatriots, grabbed the fourth set 6-1.


    BBC Radio 5 live's Russell Fuller: Roger Federer v Pablo Carreno (who has won 7 more titles than Fed this year) now available on BBC Sport website.

  41. 1347: 

    Roger Federer, wearing a violet bandana by the way to match his shorts (he does think about these things), is out of the blocks and is 3-0 ahead against his little known opponent.

  42. 1345: 

    Yep, Roger Federer seems to have benefited from Andy Murray's withdrawal as the second seed is on course for a semi-final showdown with David Ferrer. The 31-year-old is seeded to meet Frenchmen Julien Benneteau, Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before the last four.

  43. 1342:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "When the draw paired Roger Federer with qualifiers in the first two rounds, it looked like a gentle start for the Swiss, but today's opponent is the subject of much interest among the tennis crowd. Spain's Pablo Carreno-Busta has won an amazing seven titles already this year on the satellite ITF Tour, five of them on clay, and reached the semi-finals when he stepped up to ATP level in Estoril earlier this month. The 21-year-old from Gijon will play his first ever Grand Slam main draw match today."

  44. 1340: 

    Here we go then. Pablo Carreno-Busta to serve first against Roger Federer. Being as the Spaniard is on court and unable to check these updates, perhaps now is a good time to inform you that Federer has not lost in the first round of a major tournament since he was knocked out of the French Open by Luis Horna in straight sets in 2003. In fact Federer - contesting his 54th consecutive Grand Slam event - has won 39 opening-round matches on the trot, dating back to Wimbledon in 2003. Mr Carreno-Busta, what have you got?

  45. 1334: 

    It's a real ding-dong on Suzanne Lenglen, where Gilles Simon looks on the verge of coming back from two sets behind. The Frenchman, who had lost the opening two sets, leads former world number one Lleyton Hewitt 3-0 in the fourth set. The stats suggests it's even stevens between the two. Hewitt has hit 34 winners and won 85 points so far, while Simon has 29 winners in the bag and has won 86 points.

  46. 1329:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "No messing about from Serena Williams, clearly determined to banish memories of last year's first-round loss. A few gasps at the American's power and increasingly impressive movement on the clay, a sympathetic round of applause for Tatishvili when she got a game, and those were the highlights for a fairly sparse crowd over the 51 minutes - Plus Williams's increasingly impressive linguistic ability, showing off her French after wowing the Romans with her Italian last week."

  47. 1325:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    You can listen to live commentary of Roger Federer's clash with qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta on the BBC Sport website. Exciting, huh. Our BBC Radio 5 live colleagues are primed in the commentary box and are ready to guide you through the action (available to UK users only).

  48. 1324: 

    Up next on Philippe Chatrier is Roger Federer. If you're curious to know who the second seed is playing then his opponent is Spain's Pablo Carreno-Busta. The 17-time Grand Slam winner has approached the tournament in sanguine mood, asking his Twitter followers to choose the colour of his bandana for this afternoon's match. White or violet, he asks his followers. I don't know, Roger, I just don't know. There's no need to ask such complicated questions on a Sunday.

  49. 1322: 

    "It's my first interview on court so I'm a bit nervous," interviewer Fabrice Santoro tells Serena. "Thank you very much," says Serena in French, before going on to explain that this will be her first interview in Francais, much to the crowd's delight. "Whoop," they scream. The Wimbledon champion then asks Santoro to continue the interview in French. Sacre bleu, Serena!

    Serena tells the crowd that she is very content - and that is as far as my GCSE French takes me. She definitely did not ask which platform the train departed from. I would have recognised that.

  50. 1315: 
    Serena Williams

    Anna Tatishvili wins two points on Serena Williams's serve but it is not enough. Not by a long shot. The tournament favourite seals victory when her opponents wildly plonks a forehand into the tramlines and the Wimbledon and US Open champion needed merely 51 minutes to wrap up a 6-0 6-1 win. Impressive stuff from Serena.

  51. 1312: 

    Grunting from both players during a wonderful rally which ends in Serena Williams's favour when Anna Tatishvili sends a forehand long. The Georgian can't quite believe her radar faltered at such a critical stage. The French crowd clap in unison to encourage the underdog... but Serena grabs break point and celebrates with a stentorian 'come on' as she moves to within a game of victory.

  52. 1308: 
    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer, who is sporting a shorter hairdo these days, has said he is worried about Andy Murray's fitness. "What you don't want to happen is to get injured in this phase right now, right before the French, leading into Wimbledon," said the Swiss. I suppose he has a point.

  53. 1304: 

    "It's been an issue for a while and I want to make sure it goes away. It's not enjoyable when you're playing in pain," said the 26-year-old Briton. Fear not though Murray followers as he is hoping to be fit for the start of the grass-court season which, for the Scot, begins at Queen's Club on 10 June.

  54. 1302: 
    Andy Murray

    Of course, you don't need me to tell you that we have been denied the opportunity to watch Andy Murray gnarling and growling on the red dirt. The world number two has withdrawn from the tournament because of a back injury so the next time we will see him will, hopefully, be on grass.

  55. 1259: 

    Whistles and whoops for Anna Tatishvili as the Georgian holds serve to win her first game of the match. It's now 3-1 in the second. Thirty-four minutes have ticked by and in that time Serena Williams has notched six aces and clubbed 25 winners. So far she has won 37 points, which is 29 more points than her opponent.

  56. 1256: 

    I suppose it is best to tell you a little bit more about Anna Tatishvili before Serena Williams sends her packing. Well, the Georgian is ranked 83 in the world and has yet to win a title on the tour. According to the WTA website, Tatishvili's career highlight is reaching a doubles final at Quebec City in 2011. The 23-year-old trailing 3-0 in the second set.

  57. 1252:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "The top players dutifully faced the media on Friday, which was probably a more attractive proposition than usual as rain, wind and hail swirled around Roland Garros. Roger Federer discussed his sharp new haircut ("I fight it every day like everybody else"); Rafael Nadal said he would like to be remembered as "a good guy and a good player"; Novak Djokovic requested no questions be asked about his draw beyond the first round - so avoiding the 'Nadal semi-final' questions; and Serena Williams ominously warned: "I definitely feel like I'm getting into that zone"."

  58. 1251: 
    Giles Simon

    There's a brutal baseline duel going on between Lleyton Hewitt and Giles Simon over on Suzanne Lenglen. The Frenchman sneaks a break up in the third set, and comes out on top of a 40-shot rally to move 3-1 ahead. The unseeded Hewitt is two sets up, but the match is hotting up nicely.

  59. 1244: 

    Straightforward stuff for Serena Williams. Anna Tatishvili cannot cope with the American's power and crumbles. World number one Williams takes the first set 6-0 and should be back in the locker room sharpish.


    Match of the Day's Gary Lineker: Spoilt for choice. Test match, Monaco GP, athletics, French Open, golf, football The way Sundays should be.

  61. 1241: 

    Here are some questions for you: Can anyone halt the Serena Williams juggernaut and will this be the year that Rafael Nadal wins an eighth title at Roland Garros? You can send us your musings by using the hashtag #bbctennis or text 81111. It would be nice to hear from you on this wonderful Sunday afternoon.

  62. 1237: 

    Serena Williams is bidding to win the French Open for the first time since 2002. The American is continuing the fearsome form which has seen her win her last 24 matches. Serena, unbeaten on clay this year, ratchets another break point and takes a 4-0 lead after merely 13 minutes when Georgia's Anna Tatshvili directs a forehand into the tramlines.

  63. 1231: 

    Other matches are available. Lleyton Hewitt is going racquet-to-racquet with home favourite Giles Simon on Suzanne Lenglen. The Australian took the first set 6-3 and has wrapped up the second 6-1. Beanpole South African Kevin Anderson has just beaten Ilya Marchenko 6-3 7-5 6-4 on Court Two. Peasy.

  64. 1226: 

    Serena Williams serves first on Philippe Chatrier. Her hair, wrapped up in a pony tail, is fluttering ever so slightly which suggests there is a light breeze on court. A simple 40-0 hold for the American who nudges 1-0 ahead against Anna Tatishvili.

  65. 1222: 
    Milos Raonic

    It's been a good day for Milos Raonic. The big serving Canadian, the 14th seed, sent 16 aces whistling past Xavier Malisse during a 6-2 6-1 4-6 6-4 victory. Raonic will play either Belgium's Steve Darcis or France's Michael Llodra in the next round.

  66. 1216: 

    Serena Williams, speaking to ITV: "I don't know why but I feel really good and I'm enjoy myself so much. I'm having fun and that makes a big difference. It [being favourite] takes a lot of pressure off of other players, and definitely puts a lot on me, but the pressure is a privilege. If people feel that way about me I feel honoured and that's cool. After that [losing in the first round in 2012] I'm more than hungry, it makes me relaxed - because I didn't do well last year and can only go up."

  67. 1215: 

    Serena Williams has trotted onto Philippe Chatrier and is standing by the net for the coin toss, doing windmill motion with her arm. Gotta warm up those limbs, folks.

  68. 1213: 

    Should Serena Williams secure a second French Open title, she will take her Grand Slam tally to 16, putting her two behind Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. "I'm so close but yet I always say that I'm still so far away because anything can happen," says Williams. "Three doesn't seem that far. It is close, but, again, it's still far."

  69. 1211: 

    Serena Williams ahead of the start of the French Open: "I felt this past year I had nothing to lose and just really wanted to enjoy my career. In the past when I played I was always so stressed out and always wanted to win, win, win. Now I'm definitely having a lot more fun than I used to on the court and really enjoying every moment of me walking out there. That definitely makes a big difference."

  70. 1207: 
    Serena Williams

    Serena Williams, of course, was in tears around this time last year as she tumbled out of the French Open in the first round, losing in three sets to world number 111 Virginie Razzano. That was then, though. The world number one has lost just three of the 70 matches she has played since that jaw-dropping defeat and is favourite for the title.

  71. 1203: 

    Ana Ivanovic smiles and receives warm applause from the spectators on Philippe Chatrier. It was a topsy-turvy match, but the former champion eventually makes it through to the second round with a 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory over Croatia's Petra Martic. World number one Serena Williams next on Chatrier.

  72. 1159: 

    Three matches are already done and dusted. (I know, and all you've done is buttered some toast.) Fifth seed Sara Errani - last year's runner-up - takes little time in beating Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 6-1 6-2, while Petra Cetkovska is through to the second round after a easy peasy 6-0 6-2 victory over Russia's Olga Puchkova. in the men's draw, Joao Sousa also advances thanks to a 6-1 6-3 6-2 win over Go Soeda.


    Two-time French Open finalist Kim Clijsters: Looking forward to watching Roland Garros while cooking and cleaning the house!

  74. 1151:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    "Day one at Roland Garros feels like the Costa Brava after the last few days of rain, wind and, at times, hail. There is still an autumnal chill, but the forecast suggests no rain this afternoon and some brave people are even eating outside. That explains the traditional swathes of empty seats on the main courts, as the locals get the serious business of lunch out the way first. Serena Williams followed by Roger Federer might just tempt them onto Chatrier."

  75. 1148: 

    Hello! Welcome to live text commentary of the opening day of the French Open. Bonjour and all that. As usual, the Parisians did not scoot to their seats for the morning start, plenty of empty seats with spectators clustered here and there but not everywhere.

  76. 1145: 

    Springtime in Paris... overcast, with a crisp breeze blowing through the French capital. The Eiffel Tower is barely visible through the nebulous clouds and the conditions will sap the energy and resolve of the world's finest players, testing their stamina and willpower. Luckily, all we have to do is sit back, munch on a pain au chocolat and enjoy the spectacle.

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