Behind the top three, Norris took fourth ahead of an out of sorts Bottas, who looked off the pace all day and appeared to suffer with handling and overheating problems.
This came after Barcelona insisted that he had to pay his 700 million-euro release clause to leave the club, while Messi argued that a clause in his contract meant he could leave for free.
The 2017 world champion previous best was 94.44m set three years ago, and he was confident that he still had room to improve.
"After many months away from the table, it is extremely important for us to get international table tennis events back running again," said Steve Dainton, ITTF chief executive officer.
BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on Friday announced a restart plan for international table tennis, with the Women's World Cup, the Men's World Cup and the ITTF Finals to be staged in China in November.
However, the finals, scheduled to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from Oct. 3-11, will proceed as planned, the world governing body of badminton said in a statement.
"Ensuring a safe return to international table tennis has been our utmost priority ever since the pandemic broke out. I am delighted that, with the fantastic support and hard work carried out by everyone at the ITTF over several months, we have managed to get events back up and running before the end of 2020," said the ITTF President Thomas Weikert.
Josip Brekalo managed to score an equalizer in the 56th minute, but Dayot Upamecano's header and Olivier Giroud's penalty secured the win for the hosts.
After the result, Shijiazhuang rank fifth with 13 points, while Qingdao are sixth with seven points among eight sides in the league Suzhou division. Enditem
"I was playing well today," said Thiem. "I had a good plan for the match. He's very dangerous when he can dictate with his forehand. I was exactly trying to avoid that. He also has very, very fast legs. I was trying to play my fastest tennis to keep him on the backhand, to not let him dictate with the forehand."
Although they face a tight schedule with another seven internationals until mid-November, Loew is adjusting his traditional approach to his new generation.