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1. or break point A point of discontinuity, change, or cessation.
2. Computers A point in a program at which operation may be interrupted for debugging purposes or manual intervention.
3. break point
a. A situation in tennis in which one more point is needed to break the opponent's serve.
b. The point awarded in such a situation.
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(Computer Science) computing
a. an instruction inserted by a debug program causing a return to the debug program
b. the point in a program at which such an instruction operates
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a point at which a change can be made.
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Eala, a scholar at Rafael Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Spain, converted six of 13 break-point chances, and had 74 winning percentage on her first serve.
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She first saved a break-point at 30-40 with a backhand winner after doing all the running, and then held her serve with an ace.
For a set-and-a-half, Nadal, the top seed, failed to capitalize on 13 break-point opportunities.
Konta recovered well with a much more solid second set but Williams upped her game again in the third, seizing her only two break-point chances to wrap up a convincing win.
After two additional holds of serve, Mirza, 27, and Soares broke on their second break-point opportunity for a 3-1 lead.
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But Evans, 22, made the faster start, setting up a break-point chance in the opening game but a netted backhand scuppered his chances of taking an early advantage.
He would not be denied for long, though, as dogged defence and a brilliant lob created a break-point opportunity which was duly taken.
Youzhny, a semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2006, was slow out of the blocks, butRobredo failed to capitalise on two early break-point opportunities with the score at 1-2.
He converted two of five break-point chances as Federer won just 11 per cent of points on his second serve.