But in the third and fourth sets, Zverev's play became sloppy while Thiem started to gain momentum and applied more pressure to Zverev's serve. The Austrian star finally got back into the match after taking the two sets and evened the gap.
Evergrande doubled the lead in the 69th minute with a stunning free kick from Ai, two minutes after his tap-in was ruled out due to off-side.
Qin Xiaowen, chairman of the Beijing Ducks said that Pianigiani is not only the most successful coach in Italy, but also one of the best coaches in Europe. "I believe he can build a better and stronger Beijing Ducks with rich experience and an excellent modern basketball concept," Qin said.
Sunday sees four more games, with perhaps the highlight being the Valencia derby between Valencia and Levante, while Huesca return to the top-flight away to Villarreal. Enditem
Zu Shanfa, head referee of the tournament, said the competition provides a platform for the students to keep fitness and to improve their football skills.
The 1.31 billion euros (1.55 billion U.S. dollars) Serie A earned from broadcast rights for the 2019-20 season is less than half the 3.5 billion euros (4.1 billion dollars) earned by the English Premier League, which was the highest among the European football leagues. Enditem
Elsewhere, Relentless Borussia Monchengladbach whitewashed lower league side FC Oberneuland 8-0. Cologne crushed VSG Altglienicke 6-0 while Augsburg showed no mercy following a 7-0 victory over Eintracht Celle, and Wolfsburg moved past Union Furstenwalde 4-1. Enditem
Nathan Ake has been brought in to give more options at the back, but Guardiola's plans have been somewhat frustrated by new Spain international Eric Garcia's refusal to sign a new contract, and he could be Barcelona bound, while John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are not reliable enough over a long season.
Meanwhile, playing in front of empty stands (for the opening months of the campaign at least) once again promises to make a mockery of home advantage and make games much harder to predict.
Williams will take on Azarenka in the semifinals, who triumphed against Mertens 6-1, 6-0.
Ahead of the Bavarian's first league game of the season this Friday evening against the FC Schalke 04, its staffing plans have stalled.