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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.
Thacher didn't record a single service break May 27 in his 6-3, 7-6 (3) loss to Johnson, who suffered his first loss since a semifinal setback at the Ojai Valley tournament April 29.
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.
Thacher became Harvard-Westlake's first male tennis player to reach the championship match of the Southern Section individual tournament - and just the 10th area player in 85 years - losing to Orange's Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (3) in a contest that featured one service break.
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.
At the end of a long day that marked the conclusion of a grueling high school season for the two sophomore standouts, Orange High's Johnson was able to take advantage of a single service break Saturday to outlast Harvard-Westlake of Studio City's Thacher 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the championship match of the Southern Section boys' tennis tournament at Seal Beach Tennis Center.
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.
Consider as evidence this sequence in the first set: Playing for a service break, Agassi pulled Coria from side to side on the baseline and drew him to net with a drop shot to the right.
Arazi won the second set with one service break, but Rusedski sealed victory after 90 minutes.