But it turned out to be enough for the visitors although the home team almost managed to force the game into overtime by cutting the 0-3 deficit to one in the final stretch.
"I was definitely not pleased with the way I played the finishing stages of the third and fourth sets, but I was very pleased with the way I kept my composure mentally throughout the entire match," said Djokovic. "I did feel that even though I lost the third and fourth, I still felt like I was the better player on the court. I had more control. I just felt comfortable playing."
Sichuan kept its double-figure margin during the ensuing three quarters, with its biggest lead at 30 points with two minutes left to play.
The female world 1,500m and 10,000m champion Sifa Hassan from Netherland and Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopian will contest the 10,000m and 5,000m respectively. Enditem
The top four teams at the end of the South American zone's 18-round qualifying tournament will earn an automatic place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The fifth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff over two legs. Enditem
The start of the race was done in smaller groups of a few hundred people, as opposed to the usual big launch of several thousand.
After Gong Li's 3-pointer, Jiangsu capped the second period with a 12-0 spurt to go 46-38 ahead at the break.
TALLINN, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Estonia drew 3-3 with North Macedonia at home on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League.
Despite its backcourt duo of Chen Yanyu and Chen Xinlei's lackluster performance, Shaanxi can still find positives as sophomore Yu Jiarui posted a career-high 35 points.
"Sichuan proved its all-around character from these matches going into the season. Our young players didn't show enough guts against such a strong side," admitted Fujian coach Gong Songlin. Enditem
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Brazil striker Roberto Firmino has warned that Peru will pose a stern test for the five-time world champions when the teams meet in their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.