Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy trainee Casper Ruud faces his idol in a French Open final that pits the student against the master. Nadal has achieved near-mythical status over the past fortnight, while the Norwegian starlet has quietly taken care of business. The expected thunderstorms are yet to materialize so the roof's still open over Philippe Chatrier, and the players are out on court. Read on as we explain how to watch a Nadal vs Ruud live stream wherever you are today - including ways to watch the 2022 French Open final absolutely FREE.
Date: Sunday, June 5
Time: 3pm CEST (local) / 2pm BST / 9am ET / 6am PT / 11pm AEST / 1am NZST
Venue: Stade Roland Garros, Paris
FREE live stream: 9Now (opens in new tab) (AU)
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Global live streams: Peacock TV (opens in new tab) / NBC via Sling TV discount (opens in new tab) or fuboTV (opens in new tab) (US) | Discovery+ (UK) | TSN (CA)
At the age of 36 the Spaniard is as much of a showman as ever, and he's had the crowds at his beck and call for the past fortnight. After mind-boggling victories over Felix Auger-Aliassime and Novak Djokovic, he got an unexpected reprieve when his bruising semi-final clash Alexander Zverev was cut short by injury. Though it always seems that the harder he runs on the court the stronger he gets, there's no doubt that Nadal would have been extremely grateful for the rest.
Ruud may not possess the near superhuman stature of Zverev, but he makes up for it with a patient, measured baseline game that's seen him win six clay titles in his career. This, however, is his first taste of a Grand Slam final, and against a crowd favorite to boot. But Ruud is no stranger to ruining a party - just ask home hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who's first-round defeat to the 23-year-old drew the curtains on an 18-year career.
Only one thing's for certain - we're going to see a whole lot of forehand topspin, the fiendish lasso action pioneered by Nadal and fully embraced by Ruud. They've never played each other before, but Ruud knows Nadal's game inside-out - whether he can be the first player to beat him in a final at Roland Garros is a whole different matter. Here's how to watch a Nadal vs Ruud live stream at the 2022 French Open from wherever you are in the world.
How to watch Nadal vs Ruud for FREE
Nadal vs Ruud is available to watch absolutely FREE on 9Gem in Australia. It's due to start at 11pm AEST on Sunday night, so strap yourself in for a late one - it's the final match of the tournament after all.
Viewers can also fire up a free Nadal vs Ruud live stream on the 9Now streaming service (opens in new tab), which is compatible with most smart devices.
Alas, there aren't many fans as lucky as those Down Under. In most tennis-loving countries around the world, you have to pay for your French Open final fix.
Watch a Nadal vs Ruud live stream from outside your country
For broadcast and streaming details in more tennis-mad countries like the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, just scroll down the page - everything you need to know is there, including details of who is showing Nadal vs Ruud.
But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from anywhere outside your home country, you'll soon find a problem - geo-blocking. That's where the broadcaster prevents you from watching your usual feed from abroad. It's a common problem for sports fans all over the world.
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How to use a VPN for Nadal vs Ruud
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1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN
2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location
3. Go to the broadcaster's live stream - so if you're from Australia, just head to the 9Now streaming service (opens in new tab)
How to watch Nadal vs Ruud: live stream French Open final in the US without cable
Coverage of Nadal vs Ruud comes courtesy of NBC on cable and Peacock TV online in the US. The match is scheduled to start no earlier than 9am ET / 6am PT on Sunday morning.
Peacock costs just $4.99 a month (opens in new tab) for an ad-supported version of the service that also offers live coverage of every big WWE event, NFL games, plus plenty more live sports. You also have the option of paying $10 a month for commercial-free coverage.
How to watch French Open final without cable
If you don't have cable and want a more comprehensive streaming service than Peacock to watch on, OTT streaming service Sling TV is reasonably priced and includes NBC in select markets, as part of its Sling Blue package. The usual cost is $35 a month, but if you're new to the service you can get your first month with a $10 discount (opens in new tab).
Another over-the-top streaming service that includes NBC in select markets is FuboTV (opens in new tab). It's a much more comprehensive cable replacement, and carries more than 100 channels including Fox, CBS and ESPN. Prices start at $69.99 a month.
How to watch Nadal vs Ruud: live stream French Open final in the UK
Eurosport and its streaming arm Discovery+ have the rights to broadcast the French Open final in the UK.
Nadal vs Ruud is scheduled to get underway no earlier than 2pm BST on Sunday afternoon.
A Discovery+ subscription costs £6.99 per month or £59.99 for the year, and lets you tune in on a wide range of devices, as well as the Eurosport TV channels.
If you’re out of the UK but still want to watch, make sure you install a VPN (opens in new tab) so you can continue accessing UK streaming services from anywhere.
How to watch Nadal vs Ruud in Australia
As explained above, 9Gem and the 9Now online service (opens in new tab) are your destinations for watching the French Open final for free Down Under. Nadal vs Ruud is scheduled to start at 11pm AEST on Sunday night.
Stan Sport is live streaming the action ad-free - though that's less of a draw now that the tournament is about to end, especially as a subscription costs $10 per month (on top of a $10 Stan sub). Though there is a 7-day Stan Sport FREE trial to take advantage of.
If you're currently out of Australia but want a slice of that free 9Now coverage, you'll need to get yourself a VPN (opens in new tab) as per the instructions above.
How to live stream Nadal vs Ruud and watch French Open final online in Canada
In Canada, you can watch the French Open final on TSN, with Nadal vs Ruud scheduled to begin no earlier than 9am ET / 6am PT on Sunday morning.
If you get the channel as part of your cable deal, then you'll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to a Nadal vs Ruud live stream.
If you don't have cable, you can subscribe to TSN on a streaming-only basis from CA$7.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.
If you decide to subscribe or already have, remember you can take your favorite sports streaming service with you wherever you go - just try our No. 1 overall rated VPN 100% risk-free for 30-days (opens in new tab) and follow the instructions above.
How to watch Nadal vs Ruud: live stream tennis in New Zealand
Live French Open final coverage in New Zealand is being provided by Sky Sport (opens in new tab), but be warned that Nadal vs Ruud is set to begin no earlier than 1am NZST on Sunday night/Monday morning.
Sky Sport subscribers can watch online using the country's Sky Go service, while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform - where a pass costs $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial.