Nadal played calmly and confidently, just like he did in the previous six rounds, during which he didn't drop a set. On the other side, the world No. 1 lacked energy and precision, even in his drop shots, which he used a lot throughout the tournament, but didn't work this time, only bringing him many unforced errors.
KIEV, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Germany secured its first-ever UEFA Nations League win after beating Ukraine 2-1 here on Saturday.
The 28-year-old was earlier forced to leave a training session at Brazil's Granja Comary base in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro, to undergo physiotherapy.
Argentina enter the match after defeating Ecuador 1-0 in their opening qualifier at La Bombonera on Thursday. Bolivia suffered a 5-0 defeat to Brazil in Sao Paulo.
The hosts' efforts eventually paid off in the closing period of the first half after Kai Havertz's build-up work allowed Draxler to chip the opener past an onrushing Gunok into the bottom right corner.
MEXICO CITY, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Mexico will play a friendly with South Korea next month to warm up for the 2021 Gold Cup and the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
"I don't like to individualize," the 67-year-old said. "Today that was the [strikeforce] we chose, tomorrow it may be another. They have to work for the team, just as they all worked for the team. I want the whole team to have that mentality because it's the only way to win."
Tianjin fought a close game for almost three quarters, but Beijing pulled away late in the third before outscoring Tianjin 29-16 in the final 10 minutes.
"I'm aiming to achieve many things this year at both a personal and collective level," Coutinho told a virtual news conference on Saturday. "I can say that I returned to Spain with a lot of motivation. My desire to work and make things happen in my favor has tripled."
Argentina has been one of the worst-affected countries by the virus with more than 856,000 positive cases and over 22,700 fatalities.
"I was under doubt before the match. But it's true that my level of confidence and tennis have been improving every single day during the whole tournament," said Nadal. "Of course I played at an amazing level of tennis, for two sets and a half I played great. I can't say another thing. It's impossible to have this score against him without playing great."