PARIS (AP) – A look ahead to Day 1 of the French Open:

Sunday’s Schedule: Day 1; play starts on all courts at 11 a.m.

Sunday’s Top Men’s Matches: No. 3 Andy Murray vs. Juan Ignacio Chela, No. 7 Gilles Simon vs. Wayne Odesnik, No. 20 Marat Safin vs. Alexandre Sidorenko, No. 26 Ivo Karlovic vs. Lleyton Hewitt.

Sunday’s Top Women’s Matches: No. 8 Ana Ivanovic vs. Sara Errani, No. 9 Victoria Azarenka vs. Roberta Vinci, No. 16 Amelie Mauresmo vs. Anna-Lena Groenefeld, No. 11 Nadia Petrova vs. Lauren Embree.

Sunday’s Forecast: High temperature of 77 degrees, partly cloudy.

No. 1-Seeded Man: Rafael Nadal, trying to become the first man to win the French Open five years in a row.

No. 1-Seeded Woman: Dinara Safina, seeking her first Grand Slam title. She was the runner-up at last year’s French Open and this year’s Australian Open.

2008 Men’s Singles Final: Nadal beat Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 to join Bjorn Borg (1978-81) as the only men to win four consecutive French Open championships.

2008 Women’s Singles Final: Ana Ivanovic beat Safina 6-4, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam title and rise to No. 1 in the rankings.

Key Statistic: 13 – Grand Slam singles titles for Federer, one shy of Pete Sampras’ career record.

Prize Money: At the current exchange rate, the total is about $21.8 million, with about $1.4 million each to the men’s and women’s singles champions.

Sunday’s TV: Tennis Channel (5 a.m. to noon EDT), ESPN2 (noon to 6 p.m. EDT)

On the Web: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en-FR/index.html

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