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Isner was ahead by a service break in the initial stages of the first set, breaking Djokovic in the third game when the Serb hit an unforced forehand error.
However,an unforced forehand into the net cost Seppi dear as it handed Henman a service break to go 4-2 ahead and he then attacked with success to put him within touching distance of the second round.
Still they swapped service breaks, but Pioline came up with the extra one which mattered.
A service break each saw the second go to a tie-break that the No 1 seed won with ease and, with Robredo serving to stay in the match at 5-6, the Swiss maestro effected the final break of the night to progress.
World number two Lindsay Davenport was a set up and a service break up.
Nishikori's form tailed off against the controlled Ferrer and he had a double service break to hand the second set to the world number four.
Agassi, who defeated the defending champion, Spain's Francisco Clavet, on Tuesday, relied on his punishing signature ground game, along with a service break in each set to win in 65 minutes.
Arazi won the second set with one service break, but Rusedski sealed victory after 90 minutes.