"I feel satisfied with my performance after the first seven rounds. I tried my best to earn points for my team in every game. As young players, we should seize the opportunities to improve ourselves through such games," said Li Shipei, who rallied from two sets down to win in the men's singles, securing the victory for Ruichang.
By winning the cup, the Tabriz-based team will directly participate in next year's AFC Champions League. Enditem
Djokovic's exit means there will be a first-time Grand Slam champion in the men's draw.
In the women's singles, fourth seed Naomi Osaka of Japan finished a routine job as she eased past Anett Kontaveit from Estonia 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.
"My major is Journalism and communications," Yang said, adding that she also wants to be a sports writer if she has the chance.
In the other matches of the day, Xiamen Tefang edged Shenzhen Nankeda 4-1, while Zhejiang Nengyuan defeated Anhui Souyu 3-2. Enditem
"Since 2010, I have never gone without competing for such a long time, so this represents a precious chance," said the 2016 world champion. "It's important to recover my form step by step."
"The first is the health risks that still exist with COVID. The second is my preparation, which has not been ideal without my coach being able to train with me due to the state border closures in Australia."
Elsewhere, fifth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to advance, while fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece was upset by Croatia's Borna Coric in a five-set thriller.
In the other Group B game here on Sunday, Alan Kardec and Adrian Mierzejewski brought Chongqing Dangdai Lifan a 2-0 lead in the first half. After Hui Jiakang narrowed the gap to one in the 62nd minute for Teda, Felix Bastian's penalty was denied by Chongqing goalkeeper Deng Xiaofei in the 85th minute.
Both sides posed threats to the other, but no goals were scored in the first half. Shijiazhuang once got a good chance to score in the 33rd minute when forward Liu Xingyu was clean through on goal but his low volley was easily saved by the keeper.