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It was business as usual as the French Open got under way here today. There was chaos on the roads, this time after demonstrators took to the capital's streets to oppose same-sex marriages; the approaches to Roland Garros were lined by ticket touts; Roger Federer started his 15th successive appearance at the tournament by crushing a Grand Slam debutant for the loss of only seven games; and Lleyton Hewitt lost a five-set thriller. Even the weather, which is often poor in the first week, conformed to tradition, although it was the cold rather than rain that contributed to a generally subdued opening day.

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Most players will insist that they rarely look beyond their next opponent, but if Roger Federer has studied the draw for the French Open, which starts here tomorrow, he is sure to like what he sees.

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Britain facing 19-year low at French Open

Britain will be without a player in the men's singles at the French Open for the first time for 19 years if Andy Murray fails to make it to the start line next week. The 26-year-old Scot will decide today whether to risk his troublesome back after retiring in mid-match from last week's Rome Masters.

The Sport Matrix: Monday 20 May 2013

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