US Open 2022 belongs to the underdogs. Whatever unfolds at Flushing Meadows today, we're guaranteed a first time grand slam champion, but will it be Norway's Casper Ruud or Spain's Carlos Alcaraz? And if the stakes weren't already high enough, the winner will also become the new world No.1. The national anthem has been sung, the players have warmed up and now it's over to the two men's finalists. Here's how to watch a Ruud vs Alcaraz live stream wherever you are today - including ways to watch the US Open final absolutely FREE.
Date: Sunday, September 11
Time: 4pm ET (local) / 1pm PT / 9pm BST / 6am AEST / 8am NZST
Venue: Arthur Ashe Stadium
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Carlos Alcaraz is a young man in a hurry, and at the age of 19 stands on the verge of not only winning his first grand slam but also becoming the youngest men’s world No.1 since the introduction of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings system in 1973. The Spaniard has shed more sweat and lost more sleep than anyone at Flushing Meadows this week, having come through back-to-back-to-back late-night, five-set epics against Marin Cilic, Jannik Sinner and home hopeful Frances Tiafoe.
Twenty-three-year-old Casper Ruud reached his first grand slam final earlier this year, but few expected to see him return to the top table so soon. He has nine ATP championships to his name, three of which were secured this season. However, every single one of them is an ATP 250 title. Winning the 2022 US Open would be by some distance the biggest triumph of his career, and would establish Ruud’s place at the forefront of the so-called best of the rest, behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Tonight is going to be electric. Which player will lead us in to the next generation of men's tennis? Here's how to see a Ruud vs Alcaraz live stream and watch the US Open 2022 from wherever you are in the world today.
How to watch Ruud vs Alcaraz: live stream US Open final for FREE
Tennis fans in Australia are amongst the luckiest in the world, as they can watch the US Open final for FREE on 9Gem.
Be warned though, that Ruud vs Alcaraz will start at 6am AEST on Monday morning. It's an early start, but it'll be well worth losing a bit of sleep over.
Viewers can also fire up a free Alcaraz vs Ruud live stream on the 9Now streaming service, which is compatible with most smart devices. Currently away from Australia?
Die-hard tennis fans might want to take a look at Stan Sport too, which is live streaming every match on every court, ad-free, though that's less appealing with the tournament approaching its conclusion.
A subscription costs $10 per month (on top of a $10 Stan sub), after a 7-day Stan Sport FREE trial.
Watch a Ruud vs Alcaraz live stream from outside your country
For broadcast and streaming details in more tennis-mad countries like the UK, US, Canada and New Zealand, just scroll down the page - everything you need to know is there, including details of who's showing Ruud vs Alcaraz.
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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2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location, eg: 'Australia' for 9Now.
3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to your home broadcaster's site or app and watch as if you were at home - 9Now for Aussie citizens abroad.
How to live stream Ruud vs Alcaraz: watch US Open final for FREE in the UK
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Amazon has the rights to broadcast the US Open final in the UK, so Amazon Prime Video members can live stream the action at no additional cost.
Alcaraz vs Ruud is set to begin at 9pm BST on Sunday evening.
You can live stream Alcaraz vs Ruud from your phone or tablet or any smart device with the Amazon Prime Video app.
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Away from the UK but still want to watch the tennis on your Prime account? Your best option is to download and install a VPN and then log in to a UK IP address.
How to watch Ruud vs Alcaraz: live stream US Open final in the US without cable
Tennis fans in the US can watch Ruud vs Alcaraz on ESPN, with the match set to get underway at 4pm ET / 1pm PT on Sunday afternoon.
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How to live stream Ruud vs Alcaraz and watch US Open final online in Canada
In Canada, you can watch the US Open final on TSN, with Alcaraz vs Ruud set to begin at 4pm ET / 1pm PT on Sunday.
If you get the channel as part of your cable deal, you'll be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to a Ruud vs Alcaraz 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.
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How to watch Ruud vs Alcaraz: live stream US Open final in New Zealand
Tennis fans can watch Ruud vs Alcaraz on Spark Sport in New Zealand, with play set to begin at 8am NZST on Monday morning.
Spark Sport offers a 7-day free trial so you can try before you buy, and once that's expired, a subscription costs $24.99 per month, and includes plenty of Black Caps cricket action, The Hundred, as well as F1 and MotoGP racing.
Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC or Mac, plus Apple and Android mobile devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, selected Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG TVs, and select Freeview streamers.
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