However, after Seppi called for the trainer early in the third set, the Italian won five games on the spin to secure the third stanza.
Seppi won six games in a row in the third set after taking treatment on his shin but Murray, visibly perturbed, returned the favour at the start of the fourth, calling for attention to his shoulder and winning every game thereafter.
“I know Jonas very well, I played 10 years at least on the tour with him, we practised together a lot and he’s a great guy”, Henman told Press Association Sport.
Murray will now set his sights on 36-year-old Ivo Karlovic – who became the oldest man at this Wimbledon stage for 39 years when he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The delectable lob that bounced off the Scot’s racket gave him a 4-1 advantage and effectively broke Haase’s spirit as the 2013 champion sprinkled his opponent’s half of the court with 25 glorious winners to sprint to a 6-1 6-1 6-4 second-round win.
Rafael Nadal is in trouble against 102nd-ranked Dustin Brown going down two sets to one in their second-round match on Centre Court.
“It’s something that I’ve had for a few years now”, said Ward, of number-two status.
Responded his interlocutor: “Well, it depends how the interviews go, Andy”.
Andy Murray enjoyed a dream start to his Wimbledon third round match against Andreas Seppi as the British number one broke twice to win the first set 6-2.
With Heather Watson and James Ward having crashed out, Murray was now the only remaining British player in either singles competition and he began against the Italian number one Seppi like once again the weight of the nation’s expectation was on his shoulders.
Murray had won all six of the pair’s previous encounters and he looked set to take a giant stride to enhancing that 100% record when he clinched a double break with a fine cross-court forehand.
In the women’s draw, defending champion Petra Kvitova, who has only dropped three games, faces Serb 28th seed Jelena Jankovic.
Isner, an American seeded 17th, won the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon in 2010, 70-68 in the fifth set.
“You probably saw towards the end of the second set it tightened up next to the shoulder blade”, said Murray. Wozniacki held to force the tiebreaker, where she converted on her second match point.
Nadal’s Spanish compatriot Bautista Agut reached the second week, ending the run of Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili with a 7-6 (7/4) 6-0 6-1 win.
In other early matches, No. 8-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation lost 6-2, 7-5 to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, while No. 10 Angelique Kerber of Germany beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-2.