But it's not only Thiago's poker game that is causing unrest.
Whether Jose Mourinho at Tottenham will ever be happy is a different question, but it looks to be another season where Spurs' hopes will rest on the fitness of Harry Kane and with Mourinho there is always a feeling that things could go belly up if results don't arrive soon.
West Ham struggled last season and look like they could have problems this time as well after losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle United, who took the points with goals from new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendricks. Hendricks, who arrived from Burnley, had not had a shot on target since November before his goal four minutes from time. Enditem
The "Eagles" got their first effort on target 18 minutes into the clash when Dominik Kohr rattled the woodwork with a long-range hammer.
As the match moved deep into the fifth set, it became more about mental fortitude than technical skill. Zverev fought through nerves by moving forward and was rewarded by breaking Thiem at 4-3 with an aggressive forehand.
Her teammate Lu Guangzu went down to Huang Yuxiang 12-10, 10-12, 11-6, 15-14 in a tight men's singles game, while Zheng Siwei/Wang Yilv defeated Zhou Haodong/Wang Chang 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 15-13 later in the men's doubles to help Qingdao take the lead 2-1.
"She dug me in a big hole in the first set. I had to climb my way out of there one by one, and I was happy to turn it around, because it wasn't easy. I think it's the daily work I've been doing to find that calm mind and match it with an excited body, because I had to keep moving and bringing the energy. There's no crowd to get energy from, so I had to give it to myself," Azarenka said.
"A warm welcome to Gonzalo Higuain, a world class striker and champion," Mas said in a message that accompanied the photo.
"I did not expect to run so fast. My expectation was to break 10.60s," Shi said. "After clocking 10.52s in the preliminaries, I just went all out in the final."
The ITTF announced a restart plan earlier this month, with the Women's World Cup, the Men's World Cup and the ITTF Finals to be staged in November. Enditem
Dalian ended the impasse in the 33rd minute when Swedish winger Sam Larsson assisted Salomon Rondon to net a stunning long-range strike.