The world volleyball governing body FIVB released the schedule of the VNL 2021 early this month, and Brazil will start their campaign at home by hosting the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic in Cuiaba before the second week in Brasilia, and they will conclude the final week in Seoul, South Korea after travels to China and Poland.
"The media has mentioned it but nobody has approached me. It [the speculation] makes me happy because I think it's an acknowledgment of a good job, but there is nothing more in it than that. I'm focused on my work with Fortaleza. We hope that by the end of the championship we can extract the best of the team and stay in the first division of Brazilian football."
In the other game in the Meizhou division on Sunday, Meizhou Hakka beat Liaoning Shenyang Urban 2-0.
But the club from the south of Slovakia managed to beat the odds and scored three goals within six minutes in the second half despite being one man short, two of them by Zsolt Kalmar.
Before the final whistle, both sides created and missed sorts of chances that could turn one point into three.
Title favorite Qingdao stormed to a 3-0 lead in the match against Shenzhen. Chen Yufei then fought for 49 minutes to overtake Zhang Yiman 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6 in a tight game of women's singles, before Zheng Siwei/Liu Yuchen took a straight win over Liang Weikeng/Wu Tuobin in the men's doubles, adding the other two points for Qingdao.
Zverev, 23, was in top form in the first set as he displayed an impressive serve and volley game to triumph 6-2 in just 30 minutes.
"Concrete pouring must be done all at once, so it's common for us to work continuously for more than 10 hours. In order to catch up the schedule, we have to fight!" he said with a smile.
In women's doubles, German player Laura Siegemund and Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva defeated third seeds Nicole Melichar of the United States and Xu Yifan from China in straight sets to win the title. Enditem
Huesca did tremendously well under coach Michel to bounce back to the top-flight at the first attempt last season and newly promoted sides often start with a surprise, but on paper Villarreal should be much too strong for them.
"I am not satisfied with the first-half performance. We made Jena strong. Nevertheless, after the restart we controlled the proceedings and wrapped up a deserved win," Werder Bremen head coach Florian Kohfeldt said.