"We didn't execute as we prepared. Some players didn't respond well," rued Shandong coach Luka Sjekloca.
"I never make changes thinking about other games. You can't play two games in one game. It's not a good idea. The first changes were tactical changes to ... bring on fresh legs and try to score more goals."
The two greats had met more than any other two players in the Open era, a record 55 times before Sunday's showdown, with Djokovic holding a 29-26 lead.
Peru drew 2-2 with Paraguay in their opening South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) qualifier in Asuncion last Thursday. Brazil, meanwhile, routed Bolivia 5-0 in Sao Paulo.
Liu Qi and Xu Nairui chipped in with 12 and 11 points respectively for Daqing.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has accused the German association and international organizations of being money-driven, neglecting players' and clubs' issues.
The Spaniard booked his berth in the final earlier in the afternoon by a straight-set 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(0) win over 12-seeded Diego Schwartzman, taking revenge for his Rome quarterfinal loss to the Argentine.
Wales' Neco Williams (L) vies with England's Ainsley Maitland-Niles during a friendly match between England and Wales in London, Britain, on Oct. 8, 2020. (Xinhua)
He carried that form into Brazil's opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against Bolivia on Friday, scoring a goal and providing the cross that led to an own goal from the visitors as the Selecao cruised to a 5-0 win in Sao Paulo.
"We executed everything that we prepared as regards to defense except that we still struggled with defensive rebounds. In the second half, we didn't adjust properly to their zone defense," said Shandong coach Luka Sjekloca. Enditem
Fujian coach Gong Songlin emphasized the role defense played in his side's victory.