But he proved again that once he walks onto the clay court, he is the man to beat.
"It is true that the altitude is difficult. It can be suffocating. But what is really important is the flight of the ball and how that changes."
Spain coach Luis Enrique made several changes to his side, with David de Gea returning in goal, while Ansu Fati was on the left of the Spanish attack and Oyarzabal returned to action after missing out on the midweek friendly in Portugal after a non-conclusive coronavirus test.
For the potential runners who can't arrive in Xi'an city due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing committee of the event set online competition in the edition Xi'an marathon.
Tianjin fought a close game for almost three quarters, but Beijing pulled away late in the third before outscoring Tianjin 29-16 in the final 10 minutes.
The first half produced only one solid chance when Slovakia's Ondrej Duda tested visiting goalkeeper Darren Randolph in the final minute.
Six Shaanxi players scored in double digits. Chen Yanyu led with 20 points, and Yang Luchenhong and Chen Xinlei registered 16 and 15 points respectively.
"Infinite thanks for everyone's support," Arias said in an Instagram post on Saturday. "It is very comforting to know that an entire country and many more people around the world are sending me all their support and good wishes."
Ji scored eight points in the first quarter, leading Daqing to a 6-0 run, but Tianjin managed a 15-14 lead after a defense-driven quarter.
After Gong Li's 3-pointer, Jiangsu capped the second period with a 12-0 spurt to go 46-38 ahead at the break.
"I've battled with Dani [Alves] for a place in the team and that has made me a better player. I'm playing well for my club, I'm happy, and I think that everything that I've experienced in football until now has given me what I need to be able to pay for Brazil's national team and have more continuity."