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Summary

  1. GB's Dan Evans loses to Tommy Robredo in four sets
  2. Spaniard won 5-7 6-4 6-3 6-1 in hot conditions in Paris
  3. Angelique Kerber loses 6-2 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova
  4. Kerber first women's top seed to lose in French Open first round
  5. Petra Kvitova wins 6-3 6-2 against American Julia Boserup
  6. Kvitova's first match since being stabbed during a burglary in December

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By Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us today.

The day started with a comeback victory for Petra Kvitova and ended with a defeat for Dan Evans while sandwiched in the middle was a shock loss for world number one Angelique Kerber.

We'll be back tomorrow from 10:00 BST when British number three Alijaz Bedene will be in action.

Defending champions Garbine Muguruza and Novak Djokovic also start their 2017 campaigns on Monday - the latter playing his first match under the watchful eye of Andre Agassi - while Rafael Nadal begins has quest for La Decima.

See you then.

Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 6-1 Evans

In the end the heat, that pesky clay and an ageless Tommy Robredo proved too much for British number four Dan Evans.

The British challenge in Paris goes from five to four.

'Torture' over for Evans

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport in Paris

He described it as "like torture" and right now Evans will just be pleased to get back into the air-conditioned (presumably) locker room. An ice bath might actually feel like a treat for once. Robredo is something of a marvel at 35 years old, clearly still a class act on the clay, while Evans can look forward to more success - and less punishing matches - on the grass courts next month.

Game, set and match

Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 6-1 Evans

All over.

Tommy Robredo knocks Britain's Dan Evans out of the first round of the French Open.

Tommy Robredo of Spain plays a backhand
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Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 5-1 Evans*

Evans tries a couple more drop shots for good measure, one successful, one not so much. 30-30.

Another drop shot goes wide from the Evans racquet. Match point Robredo.

Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 5-1 Evans*

And Robredo seals the game.

From a set and a break behind Tommy Robredo is a game away from the second round.

*Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 4-1 Evans

I doubt this match will do much to increase Dan Evans' love for a clay court but he shouldn't forget he played well in the early stages of this match. He shows a glimpse of that form as another forehand winner whizzes beyond Robredo.

The scoreline looks to have freed Evans up a little. He slices a backhand winner down the line now but true to type Robredo refuses to give in and takes us to deuce.

*Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 4-1 Evans

That won't improve Dan Evans' mood. Robredo guesses right and stands still, allowing him to return the Briton's smash before Evans puts the follow-up in the net.

This shot is a little bit special though. Evans legs may be failing him but he shows great hands to put away a half volley.

More brutal stuff from Robredo. He's doing what he does best, taking his opponent's energy away. He breaks Evans again and the Briton's race looks run.

Evans on the brink

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport in Paris

Heather Watson is the latest player to drop by the reserved seats and her compatriot needs all the help he can get. "Keep your head up!" screams one British voice. Easier said than done from the shady seats in between sips on a carbonated drink. Evans has played very well at times but his game, and mentality, aren't suited to a lengthy clay-court grind in searing heat. Robredo, on the other hand...

Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 3-1 Evans*

Evans is trudging along the baseline after losing a point, looking very fatigued.

Robredo is using all of his experience from his 19 years on tour in making his opponent work as he wraps up another game.

Dan Evans stretches for the ball
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*Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 2-1 Evans

This could be over very quickly now as Evans falls 15-40 behind. The heat seems to have taken sapped out all of the excellent play of the first set from the British player.

"Keep your head up. Come on," shouts someone in the crowd in Evans direction as he pulls it back to deuce.

A second ace of the match and Evans just about keeps himself in it.

Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 2-0 Evans*

Robredo wraps up another service game in a blink of an eye. A bit of sweat on the t-shirt aside the Spaniard is looking fresh.

Robredo breaks serve

*Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 1-0 Evans

Evans has it all to do now against his vastly experienced opponent.

Remember Robredo reached the quarter-finals at the French Open five times between 2003 and 2013 while Evans is in the main draw for the first time.

The Briton is persisting with the serve and volley tactic but Robredo is putting every ball at his shoe laces. Clay court experience counts again as the Spaniard breaks serve right at the start of this fourth set.

Dan Evans plays a forehand
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Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 Evans

If you're late joining this match, Evans started strongly but the unforced error count is creeping up and has now overtaken the number of winners the Briton has hit.

The Brummie has nipped off the court again for some respite from the heat.

Game and third set

Robredo 5-7 6-4 6-3 Evans

I had given up predicting what would happen at the end of that set. Unforced errors from both players led to a host of service breaks but it is the Spaniard who closes out for a two sets to one lead.

Tommy Robredo plays a shot
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Vika drops by

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport in Paris

The latest courtside update from Evans - "This has got to be like torture."

Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka, the two-time Australian Open champion, is now alongside the Robredo support team. Not sure who she's supporting as she's shared a few funnies with Evans on Twitter recently. Azarenka is watching now, but is preparing to return to the grass courts next month following the birth of her first child.

Robredo breaks

*Robredo 5-7 6-4 5-3 Evans

That was shaky stuff in the last game from Tommy Robredo. Can Evans put the pressure on by holding serve here.

He is coming to the net, a tactic that served him well in the early stages, but not so much here. 0-30.

Backhand winner for Evans. 15-30.

Robredo misses a great opportunity for a passing shot. 30-30.

No mistake second time around though as Robredo advances to break point with the help of a net cord. And he takes it. Robredo will serve for the third set.

Another break for Evans

Robredo 5-7 6-4 4-3 Evans*

Remarkable!

Another double fault from Robredo and we have our third break of serve in a row.

Two to Evans, one to Robredo. Back on serve.

Tommy Robredo of Spain reacts
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*Robredo 5-7 6-4 4-2 Evans

What do I know?!

A double fault, a forehand winner and an effective chip and charge from Dan Evans and he has three break points...

Robredo breaks again

*Robredo 5-7 6-4 4-2 Evans

This will be a big mental blow to the Briton.

Right after Evans broke serve, Robredo repeats the trick. Evans is bent over, looking out of breath again.

Evans breaks back

Robredo 5-7 6-4 3-2 Evans*

That does not sound good for British hopes. After taking the first point, Evans tries to attack a Robredo second serve but the Spaniard's effort is too good.

Whack. Forehand return winner for Evans. 15-30.

Robredo is now a point away from winning this game but a brilliant Evans volley takes us to deuce.

That's out! Break point to the Briton. And he's got it. Another error from Robredo.

Evans looked physically broken but now he's back on serve. Great stuff.

Dan Evans celebrates
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'Intense' Robredo in charge

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport in Paris

Former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez has joined the Spanish team watching Robredo and their man is in control now, seemingly growing stronger as conditions get tougher. "Intenso!" is the word on their lips and their man is just that. Evans, meanwhile, says "I can't feel my chest, I'm done." Which doesn't bode well.

*Robredo 5-7 6-4 3-1 Evans

Mark Petchey says it looks like Evans is out of gas on the TV commentary and it is hard to argue. He needs to find something from somewhere but he's struggling for cheap points, every one is a battle at the moment.

The Briton clings on to his serve in this game. That's his first game in this set.

Robredo 5-7 6-4 3-0 Evans*

Robredo is on fire! It is energy-sapping stuff in a 13-shot rally before the Spaniard launches a backhand winner past Evans.

The Briton has his hands on his knees afterwards. Hunched over, trying to get a breather.

He puts up little fight in the next point as Robredo takes the game.

Robredo breaks

*Robredo 5-7 6-4 2-0 Evans

Crunch! Much better from Evo as he hits his 12th forehand winner of the match.

Not so good on the next two points with a double fault and forehand error.

Marathon point won by Robredo and he breaks a point later with a return at the feet of the incoming Evans.

Things not looking good at the moment for the Briton.

Robredo 5-7 6-4 1-0 Evans*

Evans is doing a good job of trying to get himself going here, chirping away at himself.

A brief glimmer of an opportunity as Evans gets to 15-30 on his opponent's serve but Robredo slams the door in his face, winning the next three points.

*Robredo 5-7 6-4 0-0 Evans

The umpire gave a time violation just before Evans served on that set point.

I don't think the Briton agreed with the decision.

The momentum is with Robredo now. Can Evans fight back? A quick change of t-shirt for Evans and we are under way at the start of this third set.

Game and second set

Robredo 5-7 6-4 Evans

No, no, no Dan.

A double fault is followed by a missed volley at the net. 15-30.

Same again, another volley missed by the Briton. Two set points for Robredo.

Long from Evans. We're all square.

Robredo 5-7 5-4 Evans*

Robredo is finding it much easier to hold serve at the moment. He has another in the bag here in no time.

It looks so tough for Evans out there in the heat. Hardly fair for the man from Birmingham up against his opponent from north east Spain.

Hard going as temperature rises

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport in Paris

A shake of the head before he buries his face in the towel - this is hard, hard work for Evans. The temperature is up to 32C on court and pretty stifling. Evans also reveals in one of his mid-game updates that a bag of ice split and went down his back. It's tough out there, people.

*Robredo 5-7 4-4 Evans

Big game this one.

Robredo wins the first point but Evans hits back with a good serve and forehand winner.

The players share the next two points, both clinching them at the net. 30-30.

Ace. The perfect time for that from Evans. 40-30.

And Robredo can't return the following serve either. The Spaniard hits his racquet off the ground in disgust.

Robredo 5-7 4-3 Evans*

Evans is playing deep in the court here, so deep in fact he crashes into the lineswoman's chair when trying to retrieve the ball.

No harm done I don't think but Robredo holds comfortably again. The 35-year-old looks the stronger player at the moment.

Dan Evans plays a shot
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*Robredo 5-7 3-3 Evans

Evans wins a long overdue point despite looking in trouble for much of the rally. The exchanges are much longer than they were in the first set.

Ouch. Robredo plays a drop shot while at the net and Evans gets there before thumping the ball into Robredo's back as the Spaniard tried to get out of the way.

There's no hard feelings though and Evans holds.

Robredo 5-7 3-2 Evans*

What is going on here? Evans was going strong but he has just lost the last three games without winning a point.

Robredo now leads in this second set and the British player needs to regain his focus.

Robredo breaks back

*Robredo 5-7 2-2 Evans

This is not what Evans was after. He's left stranded at the net as Robredo fires a winner past him before a double fault.

Must be the racquet's fault. Evans swaps for different one from his bag.

It doesn't make a difference though. The Spaniard breaks back with ease.

Robredo 5-7 1-2 Evans*

Evans took his foot off the gas a little in that game, perhaps saving his energy for the bigger battles ahead.

Robredo holds without any issues. Both players get a well deserved sit down.

*Robredo 5-7 0-2 Evans

The blue of Evans' shirt is definitely a darker shade than at the start of this match. His first serve is working a treat though and that could save some vital energy.

Despite a fine backhand winner from Robredo, Evans holds for a 2-0 lead.

Evans breaks

Robredo 5-7 0-1 Evans*

Back comes Evans. Despite the massive ranking advantage in the his favour, the fact the British player took the first set feels like a surprise.

Not the best start to this second set from Robredo. A few loose shots and he's facing two break points.

Another backhand winner from Evans! Another early break.

Robredo 5-7 Evans

Evans is muttering at the someone at the end of the set. I think at the umpire about the heat.

The Briton has left the court for a moment. Hopefully he's OK because he's playing well, hitting 15 winners in that first set.

If Evans is feeling the heat, Robredo isn't showing any of the same problems. He's looking calm sat in his chair ahead of the restart.