French Open: Roger Federer and Simona Halep progress

Roger Federer
Roger Federer has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles
French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 24 May - 7 June
Coverage: Live text and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentaries on every Andy Murray match and other key games

World number two Roger Federer eased into the second round of the French Open with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Colombia's Alejandro Falla in Paris.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion improved as the match progressed but only won four of 16 break points.

In the women's event, third seed Simona Halep battled to a 7-5 6-4 win over unseeded Russian Evgeniya Rodina.

Stan Wawrinka outclassed Marsel Ilhan 6-3 6-2 6-3 and Kei Nishikori beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3 7-5 6-1.

Federer criticised French Open security after a spectator ran on to court and attempted to take a photograph with the Swiss at the end of his match.

Halep huffs and puffs

Such is Halep's level of fame in her native Romania, people will stop her on the streets to kiss her, but she can quietly get on with business in Paris.

Last year's finalist, who is bidding for a first major title, will have to improve on her opening-round display if she is to repeat last year's efforts.

"It was a tough match because it was first round and always it is difficult to start the tournament," said the 23-year-old, who was broken three times and made 26 unforced errors.

"Yes, I did make some easy mistakes, but it's normal and I accept that. Next round I will be better for sure."

Federer not all-white with Wimbledon

Roger Federer
Federer was beaten in last year's Wimbledon final by Novak Djokovic

Seven-time champion Roger Federer suggested the All England Club is in his bad books over their latest clothing guidelines for players.

The all-white policy has been tested over the years by the likes of Andre Agassi and Serena Williams, but now it seems the Swiss is being pushed to the brink.

Asked about his brightly-coloured outfit in Paris, Federer said: "It's going to change when Wimbledon comes around because rules have become ridiculously strict over there; and I love Wimbledon, but they have gone too far now.

"No colour any more basically. So it's rough there. That's why let's enjoy the colour while we can."

Say it with shoes

Monica Puig
Monica Puig had a special message on her shoes

Puerto Rica's Monica Puig will be wearing lime green trainers when she takes on Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Monday, yet it will not be the colour which will stand out but the writing on the back of them.

The world number 57 has had the number '4' embossed on one and 'Abby' on the other, a nod to a girl in New Zealand.

"I will not be playing for myself, but for someone who is special beyond belief," Puig explained. "Two years ago I met Abby in Auckland and she was battling cancer. Today, she continues to battle but she is not alone.

"Starting Monday, and for the rest of the European season, I will have her name on my shoes and play for her."

Youzhny's head-banging moment

Mikhail Youzhny
Youzhny smashed his racquet into his chair nine times at the 2013 French Open

Mikhail Youzhny has been known to flip into a racquet-smashing rage. The Russian memorably mangled his racquet during the 2013 French Open after losing the first set against Tommy Haas.

But the 2010 Roland Garros quarter-finalist went a step further during his match against Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur when he repeatedly hit his head with his racquet before retiring at the beginning of the third set after losing the first two.

It's not the first time Youzhny has put his bonce in danger - he drew blood on court in Miami back in 2008 after he reacted badly to losing a point against Nicolas Almagro.

Britwatch

Andy Murray
Andy Murray will take on Argentine qualifier Facundo Arguello in the first round

Andy Murray did his best to stand out from the crowd of players practising around Roland Garros when he sported bright orange shorts out on Court 12 on Sunday afternoon.

The third seed has plenty of compatriots to pass the time with when not hitting as there are five Britons in the singles main draw for the the first time since 2012.

And despite the first round being spread across three days in Paris, there will be a British bonanza on Monday afternoon.

All five - Murray, Aljaz Bedene, Kyle Edmund, Heather Watson and Johanna Konta - are on the schedule, with all but Bedene down to play last on their respective court.

Quotes/tweets of the day

"It was a completely stupid article. I told the tournament that I wasn't really happy about it." Stan Wawrinka after an article about his marriage was published on the French Open official website.

"There is no reason for us to change security procedures. It's not the end of the world." Tournament director Gilbert Ysern on Roger Federer's complaints after a spectator ran on to court and attempted to take a selfie with the Swiss.

"I didn't win in a while so I had to get a long massage." Ernests Gulbis explains why he was late for his press conference after beating Igor Sijsling 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

"Wow... At least Stevie G scored in his last game... #tryingtofindthepositives," Liverpool fan Caroline Wozniaki after finding out her team lost 6-1 to Stoke in the Premier League.

"Using my middle finger to block Twitter haters." Ivo Karlovic, having a bad day on and off the court. The 25th seed hit 21 aces but lost 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis, becoming the first seed to exit the tournament.

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