"It took a lot of mind setting to keep being motivated this year because so many people are staying at home but you have to stay motivated. I pushed myself, I had the right staff with me, the right coach," he said. "I'm also usually based in Europe, but being based in Uganda with my family was actually great."
Although the process is quite tough, the Asian junior record holder still firmly believes that he can return to his best form soon.
In other matches on Sunday, Atletico Goianiense won 1-0 at Bahia, Atletico Mineiro secured a 2-1 home win against Bragantino and Fortaleza drew 1-1 at Gremio. Enditem
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen cruised into the next round as Nadiem Amiri's brace rounded off the 7-0 goal fest against Eintracht Norderstedt.
Elsewhere, Mainz survived a scare against fourth division club Havelse and booked their berth for the next round.
"It's all or nothing," Thiem said. "It's going to be a completely open match. I'm really looking forward to that. We have such a great friendship and rivalry. It's amazing that we're going to face each other in a Grand Slam final."
The hosts remained unimpressed and utilized their golden chance to grab the lead again before the break as Kobylanski won a penalty. Kobylanski's shot from the spot was denied but the striker was able to poke home the follow up shot to make it 3-2.
Jena grew into the game as the clock ticked and created a chance of their own with 21 minutes gone as Maximilian Oesterhelweg tested Bremen's goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka.
In the second set, Zverev was still the one that called the shots, storming to a 5-1 lead after breaking twice. Thiem broke back once, but the German held his own serve to take the set 6-4.
With around 50 players testing positive for COVID-19 in Spain during pre-season it seems obvious that some teams are going to be affected again in the coming weeks and months, despite the efforts of the Spanish football league (La Liga).
However, in a reversal of fortunes from the previous getaway, this time Hamilton got the better start and jumped Bottas to take the lead.