Roger Federer won on his first Roland Garros appearance since 2015, but Angelique Kerber was an early casualty

That’s all for today. Be sure to join us for more live action tomorrow – here’s Kevin Mitchell on Roger Federer’s return. Bye!

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The No 7 seed is safely through, edging out her Japanese opponent in the second-set tie-break.

Here is tomorrow’s order of play:

Play starts at 11.00 am local time

Court Philippe Chatrier

Women’s singles: C Wozniacki (13) v V Kudermetova
Men’s singles: Y Hanfmann (Q) v R Nadal (2)
Men’s singles: N Djokovic (1) v H Hurkacz
Women’s singles: S Williams (10) v V Diatchenko

And that’s me: We will drop in some further updates for youse, after which we’ll be back with more tomorrow. Ta-ra.

Wow, check out Marton Fucsovics! Two huge forehand winners give him another break. He takes the fourth set 6-2, so he and Schwartzman will now contest a decider.

Sloane Stephens fights her way to a break; she now leads Doi 6-3 4-2.

Fucosovics holds for 5-2; Schwartzman will serve to stay in the set, and if he does, Sha la la la la la will serve for it.

Sha la la la la la la, Marton Fucsovics, sing the Hungarians in the crowd as their man breaks again! 4-2 him, and he needs two more holds to force a decider!

You’ve got to laugh: Fucsovics has broken Schwartzman back again. He now leads set four 3-2.

On Svitolina, Cash notes that though she’s talented she’s underpowered, and that’s why she’s not got a great record in the slams.

Stephens, seeded seven, has taken the first set against Doi 6-3 and leads 1-0 in the second.

Schwartzman has broken again; Kohlscreiber now leads Haase 6-4 6-4 0-1 ; Van Uytvacnk has levelled her match against Sorribes Tormo.

Svitolina was really good today, and Venus was too – a less tough draw and she’d have been fine. We may or may not have the pleasure of her at another French Open – it’d be her 22nd – while Svitolina meets Kozlova next.

…and a forehand winner, cross-court and onto the sideline, relieves her of her second! Deuce.

Svitlolina gets to 40-15, then nets a forehand playing her first match point…

Fucsovics broke Schwartzman back immediately, so they’re 1-1 in the fourth, the latter by two sets to one.

Svitolina smites a wrongfooting forehand down the line to get 15-30, then another forehand, inside-out, allows a clean-up volley. She’s already broken six times in the match and there’s a seventh; she’ll now serve for the match!

A blistering forehand from @ElinaSvitolina #RG19

Another no: Sergio, how far you done fell.

Svitolina breaks back – she’s so calm out there – and it’s now 3-3 in the second, the first going to her.

Schwartzman takes his boust into set four, breaking in its opening game. He need only hold serve to move on.

Around the grounds: Stephens leads Doi 3-2 with a break; Kohlschreiber leads Haase 6-4 4-2; Djere keads Ramos-vinolas 6-3 6-2 4-3; Mayer leads Vesely 7-6(3); and Sorribes Tormo leads Van Uytvanck 6-1 5-4.

Svitolina and Venus are really well-matched, powering through another deuce game before Venus holds on for 3-1.

Schwartzman is a proper powerhouse, digging away on the forehand to eventually take the breaker 9-7. He leads 2-1.

Fucsovics has just yanked himself back from 1-5 down in the breaker, cementing level terms with a monstrous forehand winner. But then he drops serve immediately afterwards – it’s hard to win five points in a row – but Schwartzman then opens the court and panics, trying a drop for no reason.

Venus, being Venus, has broken early in set two. She leads it 2-1

And finally, Fucsovics hangs on. They’ll now play a breaker.

This third set between Schwartzman and Fucsovics has been a right old ruckus. The latter is currently serving at 5-6 and they’re playing an interminable deuce.

Svitolina, who’s matured into a proper player the last year, takes the first set off Venus 6-3.

On Lenglen, Stephens and Doi are underway; Doi just won the opening game on serve.

Finally, a hold: Svitolina is up 5-3 on Venus, who’ll shortly serve to stay in the set.

She meets Kucova next.

Pliskova serves for the match … and Brengle breaks, which sounds like a new sub-genre of music only played in the underground clubs of Delaware. Also, Svitolina breaks Venus again.

But Venus breaks back to love; of course she does.

Svitolina breaks Venus after another long game. 3-2 to her, in the first, and you feel like if she wins this set, it’ll do the job.

Pliskova is nearly there. Brengle manages a pair of winners in the game but still loses it, and the number two seed will shortly serve for the match.

Oh hello! Venus launches into Svitolina and breaks back immediately, then rousts a screaming backhand pass cross-court pass to underline the point. Another backhand winner gives her 40-30, but she ends up at deuce; this match looks like being a whole lot of fun, so if you’re not near a telly, become near one.

She plays Martic next – that should be a decent tussle.

Well lookee here. It gets too easy for her, so Pliskova plays a tame one – Brengle doesn’t need asking twice, breaking back for 2-2 in the second.

Pliskova is absolutely basing Brengle now, 2-1 up in the second, with a break. And Svitolina has just broken Venus for 2-1 too.

I’m sure Mathieu is lovely to be inside, but the cameras are a bit far away. Don’t they know, sport is a tv show?

Schwartzman has broken back against Fucsovics – it’s 1-1 and 1-1 now – but apologies to the lads, but I’m now watching Pliskova-Brengle and Williams-Svitolina.

On Mathieu, Venus has just kicked off the serving against Svitolina; she holds to love.

Pliskova is stamping all over Brengle now, holding to love for a 6-2 set and six games in a row. This is a lovely photo, though.

Well then. Fucsovics who, like Tipsarevic, has some support in the crowd, breaks Schwartzman first up in the second set. Might another shock be coming our way?

Brengle is making Pliskova fight for everything, but despite a few deuces, can’t prevent her from winning her fourth game on the bounce. She leads 4-2 in the first.

Fucsovics has squared his match with Schwartzman at one set apiece.

Pliskova wins three games in a row and will shortly serve for 4-2.

That was a great match, both men producing serious quality in the final set. He’ll meet Haase or Kohlschreiber next.

Mahut guides a lovely flat backhand over the net to make 0-30. The crowd like it a lot, all the more so when he panels a forehand return down the line. After trailing by two sets to love, he has three match points!

Cecchinato and Mahut race through service games, so the number 16 seed must now serve to stay in the competition.

Well in Madison Brengle! After bare deuces and on the fourth break point, she breaks Pliskova at the first opportunity when the number two seed goes long with a forehand.

They’ve been playing three hours eight minutes on Mathieu – this is the new court’s first great match. Cecchinato has just missed a couple of break points, and trails Mahut 403 in the fifth.

In the League 1 playoff final it’s Charlton 1-1 Sunderland, the Sunderland goal coming via hilariously addressed backpass. Rob Smyth is covering that, here:

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Brengle, who has a curious action – almost like Jo Durie’s, but rounder – holds her opening service game against Pliskova.

The number 15 seed meets Siegemund next.

Cecchinato and Mahut are knocking seven shades out of it as they prepare to enter their fourth hour. It’s 3-3 in the decider and both are playing pretty well now.

On Eurosport, Cash and Croft are rhapsodising Federer, who played really well today. I still can’t see him winning this, though – there are a fair few players in the draw you’d take to at least get close to him.

Schwartzman is up a set and a break against Fucsovics; Mldadenovic is up a set and 1-0 against Ferro.

On Charier, it’s Madison Brengle against Karolina Pliskova (2) next.

Cecchinato hangs on to his serve, against a ridiculously buzzing Mahut. They’re 1-1 in the fifth and it’s Mahut with the momentum.

Sonego has game – after a dodgy start, he grew into the match, finding a level that’d be too much for most. Federer, who played really well in the first half, plays Oscar Otte next.

Time’s up, Lorenzo lad. A spanking forehand return gives Federer a third-set break, and he’ll serve for the match following change of endz.

It looks like Hugo Dellien will be the next man shmiced by Stefanos Tsitsipas. He leads Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-1 6-3 2-1.

Mahut – who’s having treatment on his back every change of end – is racking Cecchinato up here. He levels the match at 2-6 (6)6-7 6-4 6-2.

Songeo is proper enjoying himself now, punishing a forehand cross-court that’s far too good for Federer. That makes it 15-all at 3-3 in the third and he holds to 30, sealing the deal with another forehand winner.

Mahut makes it 4-2 in the fourth, so Cecchinato verbally assaults himself at change of ends, bashing a racket as he works through his scales. Self-starting anger is absolutely brilliant.

Let’s nip over to Court 14 – just a quick teleport from N3 – to learn that Diego Schwartzman, 17th seed, is now a break up on Marton Fucsovics.

Sonego is doing well now – he and Federer are at 2-2 in the third with the first two going where you think they did. Elsewhere, Mahut is 3-0 up, trailing Cecchinato 2-1.

Kozlova is up a set and a break on Pera; Bencic, seeded 15, is a 6-1 set up on Ponchet.

The locals are getting behind Mahut, who’s broken at the first time of asking – just the six holds and we’ll have a final set.

Nause department: Felix Auger-Aliassime – the 18-year-old Canadian who, who a tennis coach mate assures me, will win multiple majors – has pulled out of the competition with an adductor injury. His place goes to lucky loser Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain.

Mahut has schlepped a set back off Cecchinato; he now trails 6-3 7-6(6) 6-4. We might be here sometime.

Federer powers through another service game, a forehand which catches the baseline and befuddles Sonego as a consequence. That’s 6-2 6-4 to him, and it turns out he’s quite good. It’s interesting that he’s here really – he must think he’s a chance of winning, hard to see though that is.

Sonego is enjoying himself now, but is still 5-3 down. He looks like he’s got some decent flair, problem being that, despite his youthful looks, he’s already 24.

“I’m with you, Dan,” says Tom Young. “Dreadful. He looks like a liquorice allsort…

…Nishikori Berti.”

…and a runaround-a-forehead does the job. The number seven seed meets Tsonga or Gojowczyk.

Halys finds himself match point down against Nishikori, who nets a forehand. But then a brilliant return of a decent serve sets up another…

She plays Brengel or Karolina Pliskova, the number two seed, next.

Federer is handing Sanego a fearful coating. It’s 4-1 in the second; he won the first, obviously.

In the meantime, Nishokori breaks back, and it turns out that he’s playing grand slam tennis and I’m talking about laces. Point to me.

…when I show you Nishikori’s rig.

Halys, trailing Nishikori by two sets to love, has a break in the third. You’re going to be pleased about that…

He wins 6-3 6-0 3-6 (4)6-7 6-4 and plays Cilic next. Oh yes.

Dimitrov is serving for it against Tipsarevic, but has to save a break-back point.

The old goat is playing beautifully now.

And there you go. After a few deuces, Federer drops – drops – a backhand return for a break. That is sensational, and I’m beginning to think that he might nick this one.

On my word, at 0-30 down, Federer, behind the baseline, cruises into a ball that’s still rising to clout a devastating inside-out backhand winner. I fear for Sonego in this game now.

Amazingly, Federer managed to serve out for a 6-2 cfirst set.

Cecchinato has taken the second set against Mahut; Kucova is now a set and a break up against Kuznetsova; Nishikori two sets up but a break down to Halys.

Sonego has relaxed a little and is on the board, 1-5 down. And when Federer tries a lob, he folds himself backwards to despatch an overhead; yerman will have to serve for it.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won here in 2009, has lost the first set to Kristina Kucova, 6-4.

Tipsarevic who, remember, is coming back after the best part of two years off injured, has the trainer on, but seems fine. He leadsthe decider 2-1, on serve.

This is a fine paragraph from his Wikipedia entry.

Sonego can’t get a kick against Federer, who breaks him again for 3-0 in the first.

Talking of Nishikori, I wonder how much Andy Murray regrets losing to him at the 2016 US Open. “For me”, that’ll always be his slam that got away.

Nishikori has taken the second set against the qualifier, Halys.

Gosh, avyaself summa dat. Federer rushes through a love game to consolidate.

Immediately, Federer forces a break point and Sonego does well in trying to save it, opening up an angle down the line, only to hit long. That is not the start he needed.

Tipsarevic thunders down as ace as the crowd sing for him. There’s a pretty decent atmosphere out there, more football than tennis.

Cecchinato, the number 16 seed, is a set up on Mahut; it’s on serve at 5-4 in the second.

I was having lunch for a chunk of Tsitsipas – apparently he was doing a great job finishing points at the net. If it gets hotter over the next week or so, the courts will suit that … and Federer, who’s knocking up now, will be pleased about that too.

Well then. Tipsarevic hastaken that fourth set breaker. He and Griggsy Dimitrov are into a decider, and after Dimitrov had led 2-0 too. I think it’s fair to say that he’s not going to win a slam now, and we’re onto the next raft of pretenders.

Berrettini is through, beating Andujar 4-6 6-2 6-2. The number 29 seed meets the useful Ruud next.

On 14, Kuznetsova and Kucova are underway, on serve at 2-2.

Annabel Croft and Pat Cash are rhapsodising Tsitsipas; Cash says he was good but not that good as a junior, but he’s really willing to learn. He’ll be the next first winner of slam, I’d guess.

I’m not sure anyone picked this: after losing the first two sets, Tipsarevic came back to win the third and now has a break in the breaker.

Next on Chatrier we’ve Roger Federer. Oh, alright then. He’s playing Lorenzo Sonego, who’s ranked 73 in the world – and he’s done pretty well against the GOAT, holding a perfect 0-0 record.

On 7, we’re coming to the end. Berrettini (29) is 5-1 up, leading two sets to love.

The No 6 seed takes it to a tie break and wins it with something to spare. He’s through to the second round, and improves his clay record to 13-4 this season. He plays Dellien or Gunneswaran next.

Nishikori takes the first set 6-2, while Tsitsipas hasn’t had it all his own way in the third. Marterer leads 6-5, the Greek serving to take things to a tie break.

Nishikori isn’t hanging around – he’s raced into a 5-1 lead over Halys on Suzanne Lenglen. Elsewhere, Grigor Dimitrov took the first two sets against Janko Tipsarevic, but the Serb took the third and has a break in the fourth.

On Lenglen, Nishikori and Halys are underway.

“According to the web,” emails Andrew Benton, “the first Maximilian was Maximilian of Tebessa, who was beheaded when he refused to serve in the Roman Army, and made a Saint and a martyr. Does Maximilian Marterer make martyrs of those who serve against him? Seems not to have won anything much yet, maybe his martyring days are still ahead of him.”

I was wondering if he sold marts.

A service winner and Tsitsipas wins the second – that’s a two-set lead in under an hour.

And it’s a further little step closer, Tsitsipas breaking to love. He’s slotted into himself so gloriously – he’s so confident in his talent, so plays so freely … or should that be the other way around?

Just looking at the draw, if Tsitsipas wins this and his next one, he should meet Francis Tiafoe. I’d watch the everything out of that.

This Berrettini-Andjar tussle is tiring just to watch. They’re on serve in the third, and one set all.

Another soul-sapper going down on court 14, where Popyrin has just taken the third set off Humbert. They’ve been going two hours 20.

He’s got Cilic in his quarter – they’re scheduled to meet in the round of 16 but you’d not back Cilic to do Wawrinka.

Tsitsipas is halfway there, now up a break as well as set. He’s settled very nicely, as you’d expect.

Next: Nishokori (7) meets Halys, a qualifier.

Fabbiano had a chance, serving for the second set, but couldn’t take it. Cilic meets Dimitrov or Tipsarevic next, Dimitrov having just gone 2-0 with a bagel. Well, it is Sunday.

What a way to finish

2016 champ Muguruza cruises past Townsend and into R2 #RG19

Tsitsipas has taken the first set against Marterer, 6-2, who should maybe spend a little less time martering.

Ruud, two sets up against Gulbis, is now a break up in the third; Dimitrov leads Tipsarevic 6-3 5-0.

There’s an absolute brute brewing on 7, where it’s one set all between Berrettini and Andujar – Berrettini has just levelled – but they’ve been going nearly two hours.

Next up on Mathieu we’ve got Cecchinato and Mahut.

A lush backhand slice drop – one that, one second look, she only decided to play at the last second – takes Muguruza to 30-0. A big serve gives her three more match points and this time she takes it off the set, another lovely drop sealing the deal. She plays Larsson next, and if she builds on her play in the second half of this match, can go deep.

Well played Taylor Townsend. She makes Muguruza serve for it, and whatever happens then, she’s shown the skill and temperament of a player who’s got a lot more to give.

Townsend seizes on a short return to power through a quick rally; one point saved. Then a forehand at the net saves a second, and a botched return brings us back to deuce.

Muguruza has played herself into form! She has three match points on the Townsend serve…

Read Jacob Steinberg on the likely lads.

Related: French Open men’s form guide: the players to watch at Roland Garros | Jacob Steinberg

“Marvel fans would probable find names starting with the same letters absolutely cool,” emails Aditi Modi. “Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Pepper Potts, off the top of my head.”

They should be called Marvel Mavens.

Cilic has taken the second set off Fabbiano, 7-5; Dimitrov has taken the first off Tipsarevic, 6-3.

The winner of this match will meet Joanna Larsson, who’s just sorted former Wimbledon surprise package, Magdalena Rybarikova, three and four.

There it is! Muguruza fights through deuce to a double-break. Townsend’s had a good go at her and has plenty on which to build, but can’t cope now that her opponent is seeing it.

Maximilian Marterer, then: where do we stand on first and surnames beginning with the same letter? Cool or twee?

Tsitsipas is into Marterer right away, 2-1 up with a break.

K, Garbine is in endz. She’s looking much smoother now, hitting through the ball and punishing a forehand winner to consolidate another love game. 3-1 in the decider.

Here’s Jacob Steinberg on the women to watch.

Related: French Open women’s form guide: the players to watch at Roland Garros | Jacob Steinberg

We wondered if the previous game was key, and it probably was. After fighting so hard to break, Townsend plays a loose one and is broken; it’s quickly 0-40, and a wild forehand gives Muguruza what she needs.

Ruud now leads Gulbis 6-2 7-6(2). He’s enjoying himself out there.

Townsend is giving Muguruza all she can handle now, as we play what might be the crucial game of the match. Muguruza serve-volleys to save a break point and follows up with an ace, but Townsend keeps at it … before eventually turning it in. 1-1 in the decider.

Fabbiano had a chance to serve for the second set against Cilic, but was broken. They’re at 5-5 now, with Cilic having won the first.

“Gotta disagree re Muguruza trainers,” emails Chris Collonson. “Classic three-stripe Adidas, what’s not to love?! Ian Brown, 80’s old skool rap et al …”

I’m more a Nike kid – very wide, very flat feet – but I’m not mad about the colour nor the design. On a Gazelle or a Campus, maybe – though they actually look better in the still that on telly.

Muguruza is confident now and wins the first point of Townsend’s opening service game. But Townsend fights back to win four points in a row.

On Court 7, Berrettini, the number 29 seed, is set down to Andujar, who is Spanish so there you go.

Muguruza levels it up at one set each with a confident serve and drive volley. Can Townsend up it in the decider?

Next on Chatrier we’ve got my little favourite: Stefanos Tsitsipas. The number 4 seed has a toughie to start though – he’ll play Maximilian Marterer.

“Not today” says Muguruza, cementing the change of momentum with a double break. She trails Taylor 5-7 5-2.

Potapova is loving life, talking about how happy she is. She plays Wang or Vondrousova next, and though Kerber didn’t play well today, will fancy herself to get past either of those too.

Kerber is having a mare, quickly 0-40 behind, and Potapova is absolutely, er, er … pumped. She saves one match-point, but no more, slapping a forehand wide. Potapova, making her competition debut, is through, absolutely leaping and bouncing on the court! 18 years old! Great stuff!

Kerber gets to deuce on Potapova’s serve and then just strays wide with a big forehand. She’s serving to stay in the match and has only one more chance to break – if she cannot, she’s off.

And these.

Why aren’t we still seeing the likes of these?

Muguruza consolidates, now 3-1 ahead but a set down. I’m not overly keen on her trainers though, which are a rather strange light blue.

Petra Martic is the first player through to the second round. The number 31 seed has seen off Ons Jabear 6-1 6-2 – thanks for coming, Ons – and plays Ferro or Mladenovic next.

Potapova is paying really well, running down Kerber’s groundstrokes to keep rallies going. But at 4-0 30-30 she serves a double … only for a colossal backhand winner to resolve the situation. Still, though, Kerber keeps at it and pulls one break back – it’s now Potapova 6-4 4-1 Kerber.

Muguruza breaks Townsend for 2-1. If she consolidates, we might see her moving; if she does not, I fear for her.

0-3 down in the second, Kerber has to save a point for a double break; simultaneously, Muguruza has to save a break point too. Muguruza holds it down … but Kerber does not! She is going out in the first round!

Townsend is playing a really smart match here. She’s not going for everything, but finding clever angles and allowing Muguruza to make her own errors.

It’s not been an easy career for her – here’s a piece on her earlier struggles, and this is also worth a look-in.

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Cilic takes the first set against Fabbiano. I’d be interested to know why his surname takes a double b, if anyone knows.

Potapova breaks Kerber! Note to self: never ever, ever bet on women’s tennis.

Townsend breaks Muguruza to win the first set 7-5! Townsend held her nerve really well to close that one out.

At 5-5, Muguruza ratchets up the pressure on Townsend’s serve. But at 15-30, a belting ave down the T – especially hard for a lefty – averts immediate danger. After some deuce, she holds it down and Muguruza needs a hold for a breaker.

And there it is: Potapova breaks to take the first set 6-4. The number five seed is in shtuck!

Kerber, who’s been injured lately, is in a right old row against Potapova. Serving to stay in the set at 4-5, she’s pulled back from 40-0 to 40-30, and when Potapova climbs right into an inspid second serve, she’s forced to play a deuce.

Out on Court 13, up-and-comer Casper Ruud leads former up-and-comer Ernests Gulbis 5-2. Gulbis is one of those players you wonder about – could he have been better with a different mindset – until you remember that mindset is literally part of what we’re measuring and its own specific skill.

Muguruza and Kerber have both broken straight back. On Court 1, Martic (31) leads Jabeur 6-1 1-0, with a break.

“Really fancy Bertens for this,” tweets Jack Danial. She’s improved loads lately, and it’d be great to see her nab one now that Halep’s sorted. The truth is, I’ve not a scooby what’ll happen in the women’s – it’s got to be the least predictable sport in the world, maybe ever. I’ll be interested to see what happened if Sloane Stephens gets it going.

On Lenglen, Cilic, seeded 11, has broken Fabbiano. He leads 3-2.

Meanwhile, Potapova has broken Kerber again. It’s 4-2 there too, and the 18-year-old is going right at it.

Townsend forces two break points – Muguruza doesn’t look especially comfortable out there – but both are saved, though Townsend curses herself after going wide a forehand pass down the line. No matter: she quickly forces another, and this time Muguruza swipes a backhand wide. Muguruza 2-4 Townsend.

Well that didn’t last long. Kerber breaks back, but then from 40-15 is hauled back to deuce. A booming forehand and clean-up smash brings her level.

It’s 1-1 between Townsend and Muguruza; during change of ends, Townsend consulted notes. I’m not sure if they were tactical, motivational, or from Roger Mellie’s Profanisaurus.

On Chatrier, Anastasia Potapova has broken Angelique Kerber, the number 5 seed, immediately. Keep em peeled.

Why has Muguruza only won two majors? Women’s tennis has never been more open, and yet. At 25, she’s got time, and her top level is better than almost everyone’s.

Opening up on the new court – “this wonderful new oasis of an arena”, reckons the impartial Roland Garros website – we’ve got a potential jazzer. Garbine Muguruza, seeded 19 and champion in 2016, has just started against Taylor Townsend, a talented lefty with potter’s hands.

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We’ve got a pretty decent day in store for us here. The biggest match, third on the glorious new Court Simonne-Mathieu, features Elina Svitolina and Venus Williams, but we’ve also got Angelique Kerber, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roger Federer, Karolina Pliskova, Sloane Stephens, Marin Cilic, Kei Nishilori, Garbine Muguruza et plus.

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