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.
But in the third and fourth sets, Zverev's play became sloppy while Thiem started to gain momentum and applied more pressure to Zverev's serve. The Austrian star finally got back into the match after taking the two sets and evened the gap.
The 51-year-old started his coaching career in his hometown of Siena at the age of 26. He has traveled all over Italy, Turkey and Israel. So far, he has led three teams into the Euroleague, which represents the highest level of European basketball.
Fernandinho equalized after dribbling into the box and beating Hebei goalkeeper Bao Yaxiong, finishing a counterattack in the 29th minute.
Hunan now ranks third in the standings behind Qingdao and Ruichang Biyuan. First-placed Qingdao breezed past Xiamen 4-1 on Thursday, while Ruichang overcame Anhui Souyu 3-2.
Even though it is only the first game of the campaign, both teams will be desperate to kick off with three points.
"I am confident, especially since my speed ability has improved so much. My current speed is much faster than when I achieved 8.43m. To jump with such speed, (return to his best form) would not be a problem," he said. Enditem
In other fixtures on Thursday, Palmeiras won 2-0 at Corinthians and Atletico Goianiense beat Vasco da Gama 2-1 in Rio de Janeiro. Enditem
"He [Jesus] has his opinions and we had some confrontations at the start, when we didn't communicate a lot," the defender said. "He could be very hard on us but it was all for the good of the team... He's on the list of the best coaches I've had, along with [Pep] Guardiola." Enditem
Cheptegei clocked in at 12 minutes 35.36 seconds to conquer Bekele's previous best of 12:37.35 which was set in 2004.
Even after the half time, Molders continued to keep Frankfurt's defence busy but still Nuremberg failed to turn their chances into a tangible reward.