Meanwhile, Nuremberg were able to reduce the arrears in the closing stages when Phillipp Steinhart converted a penalty in the 79th minute.
In the second set, Zverev was still the one that called the shots, storming to a 5-1 lead after breaking twice. Thiem broke back once, but the German held his own serve to take the set 6-4.
Arm wrestlers compete during the 1st arm wrestling competition in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, Sept.11, 2020. (Photo by Murad Abdo/Xinhua)
"It has been a long time I have not played competitive matches with so many teams, and I am so happy to be back on the pitch again," he said, adding that he will do what he can to help his team win the championship.
The 2020 CBSL run from August 27 to September 14 in Chengdu. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, all games were played behind closed doors. Enditem
"The VNL will be especially important next season as we work to define and prepare the group of players we'll be taking to Tokyo for the Olympics," the veteran coach explained.
The absence of some key players, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, Andel Di Maria and Keylor Navas who have all tested positive for coronavirus, reduced Thomas Tuchel's choices for his starting line-up. As a result, several youngsters and new signings were brought into the squad to fill the places.
The tournament which is part of the European Tour has been moved to 2021, returning to a March date which has been a tradition since the first Kenya Open Championship in 1967.
"I went back to training, supper happy #CORONAOUT," the Brazilian posted on his Twitter account.
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.
The Gongshu District Chengxi Sports Park Stadium and Gymnasium, which will host table tennis and hockey competitions, is under renovation into an urban village. Covering 46 hectares, it will be the largest sports park in the city that enables the public to relive the memories of the Asian Games, experience the canal culture and participate in sports trainings.