"I love these big matches. To face the best guys in the world is what I do the hard work for at home and in the off-season," Thiem said. "After the first set, it was great tennis from both of us. I could have easily been down two-sets-to-one. I'm really happy to be through. It was a great semifinal."
R&F took a dream start just five minutes into the game as Dia Saba converted a spot-kick.
As the match moved deep into the fifth set, it became more about mental fortitude than technical skill. Zverev fought through nerves by moving forward and was rewarded by breaking Thiem at 4-3 with an aggressive forehand.
The Champions League finalists kicked off their league title defence on Thursday with a shock 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Lens, in a game which Tuchel fielded several young players such as 18-year-old league debutants Kays Ruiz-Atil and Arnaud Kalimuendo and 20-year-old goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, who was just making his second appearance for the first team.
MADRID, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- There may be no Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico or Sevilla taking part in the first round of matches in La Liga this weekend, but after a late end to last season and a short and disrupted summer, there are still plenty of things to look out for as football returns to Spain this weekend.
Nuremberg threw every man up front but Eintracht Frankfurt protected their lead to the end to secure their berth in the second round.
"The communication during a match, the way you prepare for a match, how you do tactics, all that, it just fits really well," Siegemund continued. "That's something that you realize down the road."
Serie A teams are expected to consider the competing bids and to make a decision by the end of the month.
Mikel Arteta has now had time to put his mark on the Arsenal side he inherited from Unai Emery and winning the FA Cup and the Community shield have given the club a positive air, as have the signings of Willian from Chelsea, central defender Gabriel from Lille and the return of Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid.
Seven-time Serie A champions Corinthians, meanwhile, are 15th with just two wins from nine matches so far.
"There has been a proposal that Thomas Cup and Uber Cup be held in February 2021, but we are still waiting for further information from the BWF," he said. Enditem