"Sometimes I think I have no choice but to play as hard as I can, because my opponent isn't giving me any looks," Osaka said of the hard-fought match. "For me, normally if I focus that much, then the match potentially could be over in two. But I felt like it just kept going on."
That meant the first goal of the new season was scored by Granada midfielder Yangel Herrera, who was unmarked when he scored the opener in his side's 2-0 win at home over Athletic Club Bilbao in the 49th minute, four minutes before Luis Milla doubled Granada's lead with a shot from outside the area.
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.
With the win against Medvedev, the 27-year-old Thiem improved to 3-1 in his head-to-head series with the Russian star and is entering his fourth Grand Slam final.
Azarenka, 31, stormed to win the first set 6-1 in just 26 minutes while the Japanese was uncharacteristically sloppy hitting a whopping 13 unforced errors.
"WTT Macao will be a table tennis show like no other before it. After months of waiting to see what this is all about, the time has come to raise the curtain for our first ever exhibition of World Table Tennis," Steve Dainton, WTT Director and ITTF CEO, declared.
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.
Aymeric Laporte's positive test for COVID-19 means he could miss the start of the campaign, but the Frenchman is vital to City's options.
Cameroon international Ignatius Ganago capitalized on a mistake from the unlucky Bulka in the 57th minute, when PSG's third-choice goalkeeper slid a weak pass towards Marci Verratti which was intercepted by Ganago and the former Nice striker calmly pulled the trigger to send the 3,800 home fans into ecstasy.
In the 157th edition of the notorious duel between two ancient rivals, Slovan Bratislava and Spartak Trnava, the team from the nation's capital came out on top after a convincing 2-0 victory.
The hosts remained unimpressed and flabbergasted Hoffenheim with the equalizer at the hour mark when Kevin Freiberger controlled a pinpoint cross from Paul Milde to beat Baumann with a turn and shoot from 10 meters.