The hosts thought they had opened the scoring with just seven minutes played but Julian Draxler's goal from very close range was ruled offside by the referee.
"We are well aware of the fans' expectation and will fight to make them happen," Skocic was quoted as saying.
The 31-year-old Liu shot 13 of 20 from the floor and pocketed 29 points. Xing Jinbo led the Shanxi bench with 16 points. Wu Tongtong and Yu Dong nailed 17 and 13 respectively.
The two legends have met more than any other two players in the Open Era, a record 55 times, as Djokovic holds a 29-26 lead.
The 32-year-old made his 119th international appearance in Spain's 1-0 UEFA Nations League win at home to Switzerland on Saturday and is in line to start in Ukraine on Tuesday night, although he admits that the progress of players such as Mikel Merino and Rodrigo Hernandez means there is more competition in the central midfield role.
Selby, having won the European Masters last month, is one step closer to defend his English Open title and will meet another Chinese player Chang Bingyu in the last 64.
"I get goosebumps when I remember it: I knew the moment it happened that it was serious ... Going into the operating theater was one of the worst moments of my life - I was panicking and I said 'put me to sleep as I can't stand this," he admitted.
In Thursday's only other fixture, Athletico Paranaense were held to a goalless home draw by Ceara. Enditem
The young sensational roared into her first Grand Slam final, only the second of the Tour level, with the loss of just 23 games, the fewest since Mary Pierce finished runner-up in Paris in 1994. The Polish has stunned 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova in the first round and avenging last year's French Open defeat to top seed and 2018 champion Simona Halep in the fourth round.
As Ji missed a big three-pointer which could have sealed the win in regulation time, both teams battled hard and were unable to establish a double-digit lead all the way into overtime.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Former Real Madrid and Brazil forward Robinho is close to rejoining his former club Santos, according to widespread media reports in the South American country.