Brazil will enter Tuesday's match at Estadio Nacional in Lima on the back of a 5-0 rout of Bolivia while Peru drew 2-2 against Paraguay in last week's opening round of CONMEBOL qualifiers.
Now the top two seeds - Djokovic and Nadal - will face each other, which would offer big stakes for both sides to seek for.
Lakers guard Danny Green missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer, followed by a Markieff Morris turnover in the last minute, Heat guard Tyler Herro closed the game out for the Heat with a pair of free throws.
As Ji missed a big three-pointer which could have sealed the win in regulation time, both teams battled hard and were unable to establish a double-digit lead all the way into overtime.
It also mandated face coverings to be worn at all times except when eating or drinking, and strongly discouraged singing, chanting and shouting at outdoor gatherings due to a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission.
"I never said I am going to be the leader, but I am more prepared than ever for this season and I am tremendously excited by it," concluded Asensio. Enditem
"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
"However, in order to attract more to this sport, we arrange four players a team with a woman in each. The more people take part in, the better beach volleyball is popularized, and that's where the success of a sport lies in," said Liu.
But he proved again that once he walks onto the clay court, he is the man to beat.
Later, in the men's 10,000m race, Cheptegei finished in 26 minutes and 11 seconds, breaking Kenenisa Bekele's mark of 26 minutes and 17.53 seconds set in Brussels in 2005.
The hosts' efforts eventually paid off in the closing period of the first half after Kai Havertz's build-up work allowed Draxler to chip the opener past an onrushing Gunok into the bottom right corner.