The 2014 World Cup-winning national coach is counting on a new tactical approach as two key factors play a vital role in his plans.
Duris might have doubled Slovakia's lead, but Israel goalkeeper Ofir Marciano was equal to his effort, and also saved well from Robert Bozenik late in the game.
Chen Pu (R) of Shijiazhuang Ever Bright celebrates with his teammate Matheus Nascimento after scoring a goal during the 9th round match between Qingdao Huanghai and Shijiazhuang Ever Bright at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Suzhou Division in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 5, 2020. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)
"He's one of the big champions of the last decade, one of the very few active players, who won a Grand Slam tournament here in New York," Thiem said of Cilic. "Even though he's not on the top of his game, he's always dangerous for a deep run in these big tournaments. He's not a guy I want to face in the third round as he's a former champion. On a good day, he can beat anybody. It's going to be a real tough one." Enditem
Then in the third set, Williams was rarely troubled by her rival en route to the victory.
Zhao Xuri (L) of Dalian FC vies with Huang Zichang of Jiangsu Suning during the 10th round match between Dalian FC and Jiangsu Suning at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Dalian Division in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)
"It usually takes me at least an hour and a half to get this far, but this time I finished in less than an hour. There were thrilling moments, like encountering big waves and getting hit by another kayak, but overall it was pretty good," Shen said, gasping and smiling.
For good reason, the German coach refuses to talk about winning the 2021 title or naming his side as one of the favorites.
Messi's father Jorge flew into Barcelona on Wednesday to meet with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, but that meeting failed to see the two parties move closer to an agreement, raising the possibility of a court case - something Messi insisted he wanted to avoid.
National teammate Zhang Yaoguang finished second at 8.23m, followed by Asian Games champion Wang Jianan at 8.08m.
Mercedes almost immediately elected to pit Hamilton for his scheduled tyre change, but crucially failed to notice that race director Michael Masi had temporarily closed the pit entrance to allow marshals to clear the stricken Haas, earning their driver a 10-second stop-go penalty that put him out of serious contention.