Murray knows what to expect from Ito

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

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Andy Murray will finally begin his French Open campaign later when he takes on Japan's Tatsuma Ito in the first round at Roland Garros.

Ito certainly should not have given Murray any sleepless nights in the long build-up. The 24-year-old is at a career-high ranking of 68th but spends most of his time playing on hard courts in the Far East and will be making his main-draw debut at Roland Garros.

The pair have only met once before, in a doubles match in Tokyo last year, but Murray is confident he knows what to expect from Ito. The Scot said: "I have seen his game before and hit balls against him. He's quite a flat hitter of the ball, a pretty good ball striker."

Heather Watson and Anne Keothavong are also in action today and hoping to do better than Elena Baltacha and Laura Robson, who could not make the most of her second chance as she lost 6-2 6-1 to 29th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Watson, who has qualified for the tournament for a second successive year, is first on Court Six against Elena Vesnina, while Keothavong is on the same court later against Melinda Czink.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer safely negotiated first-round matches against Potito Starace and Tobias Kamke respectively on Monday, while defending women's champion Li Na eased past Sorana Cirstea.

But world number one Victoria Azarenka narrowly avoided becoming the first top seed in the women's singles at Roland Garros ever to lose in the first round when she fought back from a set and 4-0 down against Alberta Brianti.

Rafael Nadal launches his title defence today against Italy's Simone Bolelli while Serena Williams takes on Virginie Razzano and Maria Sharapova meets Alexandra Cadantu.

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