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Summary

  1. Kyle Edmund beats Stephane Robert in five sets
  2. Andy Murray sees off Facundo Arguello 6-3 6-3 6-1
  3. Heather Watson through to second round
  4. GB's Jo Konta and Aljaz Bedene go out

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Three Britons are through to the second round of the French Open on a thrilling second day at the French Open. Tough opponents await Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund in the form of Sloane Stephens and Nick Kyrgios respectively.

That's it from us for today but there will be more live text coverage on Tuesday when defending champion Rafael Nadal takes on Frenchman Quentin Halys. Bye for now.

Kyle Edmund (left) shakes hands with Stephane Robert
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"I'm just very pleased to win that," says Kyle Edmund on ITV. "I went out there and from the start in the fifth I got two breaks on his serve and really went in front and tried to finish as quickly as possible."

On his next opponent Nick Kyrgios, he says: "I'm excited. He's an extremely good player, done well recently and has got a big serve. I'm going to work out a game plan and look at what I can do better."

A magnificent effort from Kyle Edmund who held firm before a partisan crowd and a mercurial opponent.

The Briton won 63% of points on the first serve and 47% on the second but it was during break points he was superior to Stephane Robert. The Briton converted nine of his 15 break points, proving more composed than his opponent when it mattered.

Whoops and cheers from the spectators on Court Seven as both men leave the court. Kyle Edmund applauds and politely waits for the Frenchman to pack up before departing.

Philip Studd

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"There were plenty of errors but some fine rallies and winners. This is another progression in Kyle Edmund's career to get that monkey off his back and get that first main draw win."

Game, set and match

Edmund 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-2 Robert

Kyle Edmund
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Should Kyle Edmund win this match it would not only be his first victory at a Grand Slam but he will also enter the Top 100 for the first time in his career. The Briton shaking his left leg, hoping to get rid of the tiredness in his limbs after a testing five sets.

Robert intent on ruining Edmund's party - earning two break points against a Briton who is now having to stretch his leg in a bid to stave off what could be cramp.

Edmund, though, drags himself to deuce and fortune favours him as Robert's forehand clips the net and falls back onto the Frenchman's side. One more point - and the 20-year-old gets it thanks to a faulty Robert backhand.

*Edmund 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 5-2 Robert

Edmund breaks

Just when we were starting to wonder whether Kyle Edmund would be able to end this match this evening, the Briton earns a break point against Robert and whacks a forehand winner down the line to all-but end Robert's hopes of a comeback. A first major victory approaches...

Play well from the start - Murray

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray was happy to come through his first-round match against Facundo Arguello 6-3 6-3 6-1 in just one hour and 45 minutes.

"The number one goal is to get through. That's the most important thing," he said. "But if you can play well too, that builds confidence for later in the event.

"If you get dragged into five-set matches or long four-set matches because you're not playing that well, that can have consequences.

"You can get tired later in the tournament if that happens. So ideally you want to win as best you can and hopefully play well from the beginning."

Edmund 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 4-2 Robert*

Robert breaks

A beautiful lob the pick of the bunch from Robert as he ekes a 0-30 lead against a ruffled Kyle Edmund. A drop shot then drags Edmund to the net and the Briton can't move his feet in unison. Three break back points Robert. Edmund saves one... but balloons a backhand long on the next point. Robert lives on.

Edmund 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 4-1 Robert

At 30-30, Kyle Edmund could tap the final nail in Stephane Robert's coffin but the young Briton is undone by a Robert backhand. The Parisians applaud the veteran Frenchman, but it's a long way back for him.

Edmund 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 4-0 Robert*

Kyle Edmund's forehand is a mighty weapon in his armoury and it's the forehand which overpowers Stephane Robert. The Frenchman looking every bit his 35 years, slow of foot on the baseline, groaning as he fails to respond to another mammoth Edmund forehand. The Briton taking a giant stride towards the second round.

*Edmund 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 3-0 Robert

Edmund breaks

Two break points Kyle Edmund... Stephane Robert on the ropes... the crowd are quiet... The Briton scoops a backhand into the tramlines to mess up one - but he still as another break point in the bag. What can he do? Drill a thunderous forehand winner in reply to a weak Robert second serve. The crowd's cheers have been dimmed. They think their man's hopes are over.

Edmund 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 2-0 Robert*

Edmund saves a break point but he can rely on his big serve to consolidate his break. The Briton on course for his first victory at a Grand Slam and the 20-year-old playing the sort of tennis which belies his experience.

Edmund 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 1-0 Robert

Edmund breaks

Kyle Edmund isn't too bothered by the partisan crowd's boisterous ways, it seems. The 20-year-old wins the first game and casually strides towards his chair to sip some liquid during the changeover. Cool.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

"After Denisa Allertova finally sees off Jo Konta, there is just one match still in progress at Roland Garros as the local time approaches 9pm. All the noise has been coming from Court Seven, slap bang in the middle of the site, with the home crowd willing on veteran Stephane Robert against 20-year-old Kyle Edmund. Robert levels it up at two sets all and there might not be enough light to finish this one tonight. Edmund gets roundly booed as he returns from a 'comfort break' - this match has been a character building experience for him, whatever the result."

Spectators boo Kyle Edmund as he returns to the court after a toilet break. How will the young Briton fare against a hostile crowd and an inspired opponent? We will soon find out.

Game, set and match

Konta loses to Allertova

And that's it for Jo Konta. The Briton loses 7-6 (19-17) 4-6 6-2 to Denisa Allertova. The pair were on court for two hours and 36 minutes, which is longer than Kyle Edmund and Stephane Robert who are into a fifth set.

Edmund's match into a fifth

Edmund 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 Robert

Kyle Edmund
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One day this match will end but it won't be anytime soon. Kyle Edmund drills a backhand long which means his match with Stephane Robert goes to a fifth. The crowd are purring, as are Robert's groundstrokes.

Konta still trailing Allertova

Jo Konta looks to be heading for first-round heartache. The Briton trails Denise Allertova 4-2 in the deciding set and the Czech has break point in the seventh game. She secures it for a 5-2 lead. Game over? Probably.

Edmund levels in fourth

Every point Stephane Robert wins is enthusiastically cheered. "Allez!" they sing. Britain's Kyle Edmund holding his nerve, though, a serve-volley sees off his opponent and we're 5-5 in the fourth. Two hours and 17 minutes have ticked by and there's plenty of more minutes left in this one, you feel. Tie-break anyone?

Edmund staying alive in fourth

There crowd are jubilant on Court Seven because their man, Stephane Robert, has just held for a 5-4 lead in the fourth set. Kyle Edmund did seem down and out at the beginning of the set, but he's fought back to ensure the set is with serve.

Konta slips behind

Jo Konta
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Jo Konta has been broken in the third set by Denise Allertova. The Briton trails 3-1 in the decider, with the Czech surely now favourite to proceed.

Underarm or overarm?

For those of you who missed the story, French player Virginie Razzano stunned the crowd on the Suzanne Lenglen earlier by attempting to serve out for victory with an

underarm serve.

The wildcard entry missed with the underarm second serve to concede a double fault against Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg.

But she still managed to complete a 2-6 6-4 6-2 victory, saying: "I wasn't feeling that great today. I'm sorry, I spooned the ball over. That's the baggage that I carry."

Edmund battling against Robert

Over on Court Seven, Kyle Edmund is refusing to wilt against home favourite Stephane Robert. The Briton was 2-0 down in the fourth set, but the 20-year-old has battled back and the set is now on serve. Perhaps this match won't need a fifth set after all.

Stephens sets up Watson clash

Slone Stephens has beaten Venus Williams 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 which means the young American will face Britain's Heather Watson in the second round. How exciting.

Game and second set

Konta wins second set

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

"Jo Konta is putting in some effort out on Court Five, levelling at 6-7 6-4 against the higher-ranked Denisa Allertova. After eight set points went begging in the first, although only maybe two of them were real chances, the British number two sees a ninth slip by in the second set. She keeps a good length on her groundstrokes though, and Allertova offers up yet another set point - and this time the Czech double faults! Cue a huge scream from Konta, probably as much relief as delight."

Leconte putting on a brave face

Henri leconte
Sergiy Stakhovsky

What's happened to Henri Leconte? We're not too sure but the Frenchman needed some ice on his ankle in the treatment room. "I didn't know that commentating is so DANGEROUS," tweets Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Konta battling in second set

How is Jo Konta getting on? The second set is with serve at 5-4, although the Briton has just squandered a break point against Denisa Allertova. Konta has won just one of seven break point opportunities in her match which could be telling come the end of the match.

Kvitova rocking it

Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova

How do tennis players prepare for a Grand Slam? They put on a pair of blue jeans, grab and acoustic guitar and pretend to be Bob Dylan. "Getting ready for tomorrow in a special way," tweets Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

Game and third set

Edmund 2-6 6-4 6-3 Robert

Hello there! There was a moment in the eighth game of the third set when some of the crowd were on their feet, revelling in Stephane Robert's shot-making. But Kyle Edmund has gravel in his guts and saw off the danger to break and he's now served out the set. The Briton a set away from the second round.

Edmund 2-6 6-4 4-3 Robert*

Robert breaks Edmund

Kyle Edmund was 4-2 up in the third set against Stephane Robert, but the Frenchman has just broken the 20-year-old Briton to put the third set back on serve.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

British number ones Andy Murray and Heather Watson are safely through, all eyes are now on whether Jo Konta and Kyle Edmund can join them. "I don't think I'm on a par with Andy yet," says Watson. "But I think it's great, especially having so many Brits in the draw. It's just brilliant for British tennis. Hopefully it just keeps getting better and there are more Brits in the draw and we can help push each other along."

Murray's potential route to final

Andy Murray is now unbeaten in 11 games on clay and is through to the second round but who will he need to beat to win this thing? Well, we've come up with a potential route to the final. You're welcome.

Round two: Vasek Pospisil (Canada, ranking 51)

Round three: Nick Kyrgios (Australia, seeding 29)

Round four: John Isner (US, seeding 16)

Quarter-final: David Ferrer (Spain, seeding 7)

Semi-final: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, seeding 1) / Rafael Nadal (Spain, seeding 6)

Final: Roger Federer (Switzerland, seeding 2)

Marriage or clay?

Asked whether it was more difficult to get Kim Sears to marry him than win two titles on clay, Murray smiles. "She'd put up with me for nine-and-a-half years so it was probably about time I proposed and I'm glad she said yes. My tennis since we got married has been good and I hope I can keep that up."

Murray admits to nerves

"I was nervous today," says Andy Murray. "Always the first round of the major competitions are tough and it was quite windy and difficult conditions at the start. I was a little bit nervous at the start but I like that, it shows that you care and want to do well."

Game, set and match

Murray 6-3 6-3 6-1 Arguello

Three match points for Murray and the crowd are whistling their approval. Arguello pounces on a tame Murray overhead but he only delays the inevitable. The Argentine balloons a forehand and Murray is through to the second round.

Andy Murray
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*Murray 6-3 6-3 5-1 Arguello

Murray breaks

At 0-15, Arguello is controlling Murray from the baseline, sending him to the wings and then dragging him towards the net with a peachy drop-shot. Not even a man of Murray's powers can get to that one so to 15-15 we go. Arguello fighting once more, easing 40-15 ahead, but Murray hauls him to deuce and the Argentine must prepare for another battle. The underdog has nothing left to give, it seems, gifting Murray a break point and Murray does not need a second invitation.

Murray 6-3 6-3 4-1 Arguello*

Rat-a-tat-tat. Murray, calm and ruthless, rattles off thee points quickly, cantering to a 40-0 lead - and within a few seconds he's secured another game to take a firm step towards the second round.

*Murray 6-3 6-3 3-1 Arguello

What was that about a Murray procession? Arguello battles to hold, forming a fist and flexing his right bicep as he completes a straight-forward hold. The Argentine might have arrived a little too late for this particular party, though.

Game and second set - Edmund rallies

Kyle Edmund
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Britain's Kyle Edmund takes the second set 6-4 against Stephane Robert to tie their match on Court Seven. Can the young Briton upset the experienced Frenchman?