With the victory over Ymer, Djokovic improved his record this season to a stellar 32-1. The only defeat came in a disqualification earlier this month at the US Open, where he hit a ball in frustration which struck the line judge on the neck.
A 27-11 lead after the first quarter, including a 24-0 dominance from tip-off, decided Shandong as the eventual winner.
"To make things easier I told the players yesterday [Wednesday] that this was the right way to go," he added, suggesting the decision was of his own volition.
Neuer became goalkeeper of the year, fellow Bayern player Joshua Kimmich was chosen as best defender, while De Bruyne won the prize for the best midfielder. Enditem
The top four of each group will play the second phase between October 16-December 12 in Suzhou.
LONDON, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Benfica's 23-year-old central defender Ruben Diaz for 65 million pounds (83.4 million US dollars), with a further four million dollars in incentives.
Former Augsburg head coach Baum has signed a two-year deal with Schalke, which will keep him in Gelsenkirchen until June 2022.
The Nerazzurri made a dream start just 28 seconds into the game, as Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock from Achraf Hakimi's assist.
Thiago joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich earlier in September and although he made his debut against Chelsea eight days ago, he missed Monday night's 3-1 win at home to Arsenal.
The match had been suspended by a Rio de Janeiro labor court on Saturday but the decision was overturned by a senior judge just 10 minutes before kickoff. The game eventually started more than 20 minutes late.
With the international break around the corner, that means the next time Hazard has a chance of playing would be in Madrid's home game at home to Cadiz on October 18th.