Was it ever in doubt? Roger Federer made a winning return to the court after 13 months out, beating Dan Evans in three sets and just under two and a half hours yesterday. Next up for the master of elegance is a tricky match-up with the powerful Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, where a place in the ATP Doha Qatar Open semi -finals is at stake. Read on as we explain how to get a Federer vs Basilashvili live stream and watch Qatar Open tennis online wherever you are right now.
Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: today's play starts at 10am ET / 7am PT / 3pm GMT / 6pm local time (AST) / 2am AEDT
Venue: Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex Surface, Doha
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The 20-time Grand Slam champion has only faced Basilashvili once before, all the way back in 2016. Federer made light work of his opponent on that occasion, beating him in straight sets and little over an hour, but the context of today's match is completely different.
At the ripe old age of 39 - that's 10 years Basilashvili's senior - the Swiss is, on paper at least, no longer at the peak of his physical powers, and there are naturally still question marks surrounding the state of his right knee, which required two surgeries last year. His battle with Evans was a close-fought one, but today's showdown against world No. 42 Basilashvili could prove an even more awkward match-up for the Swiss.
The ball-smashing Georgian had a dreadful 2020, losing in the opening round of five of the six tournaments he entered, but there's nothing like a tie with one of the sport's greatest to make you up your game.
Don't miss a single point from Doha today as Roger Federer's comeback rolls on. Just follow our guide below to get a 2021 Qatar Open live stream and watch Federer vs Basilashvili online from anywhere this Thursday.
Federer vs Basilashvili live stream: how to watch Qatar Open tennis free online in UK
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Amazon has the rights to broadcast Doha's Qatar Open in the UK, so Amazon Prime (opens in new tab) members can live stream all the action at no additional cost, with Federer vs Basilashvili expected to start at around 3pm GMT today.
If you want to stream the tennis from your phone or tablet, the Amazon Prime Video app is available for Android via Google Play and Apple devices via the App Store.
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Not in the UK but still want to watch the tennis on your Prime account? Your best option is to download and install a VPN (opens in new tab) and then log in to a UK IP address.
How to watch Qatar Open tennis live stream from outside your country
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But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from somewhere 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. Fortunately, there's an easy solution.
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Roger Federer vs Basilashvili live stream: how to watch ATP Qatar Open tennis online in US
In the US, Qatar Open ATP tennis coverage comes courtesy of the Tennis Channel (opens in new tab) on linear TV, which shows all of the Grand Slam tournaments and plenty more action throughout the year.
If you don't have cable, you can get the Tennis Channel on over-the-top streaming service Sling TV, which offers it as an $11 per month add-on on top of either its Sling Orange package (opens in new tab) or Sling Blue package (opens in new tab) - each of which costs $35 a month, though there's a $10 off Sling TV (opens in new tab) deal you can enjoy right now to save you a few bucks.
Should you end up deciding to keep it, the cost for tennis and everything else Sling has to offer will be just $44 a month, which is much less than the competition and WAY less than cable!
Alternatively, consider grabbing yourself a fuboTV subscription (opens in new tab). It's a complete end-to-end cable replacement services, which also offers the Tennis Channel on plans starting from $64.99 a month for over 120 channels.
New or existing subscribers to US streaming services can still access the platform of their choice from abroad, too - all you need is the help of a good VPN (opens in new tab).
Federer vs Basilashvili live stream: how to watch Qatar Open ATP tennis online in Canada
In Canada, you can watch the Qatar Open on English-language TSN (opens in new tab), which is a premium channel that typically comes with a pay TV package.
If you get it as part of your cable deal, you'll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to a Federer vs Basilashvili live stream, with the match expected to start at around 10am ET / 7am PT.
If you don't have cable, then you can subscribe to TSN (opens in new tab) on a streaming-only basis from just CAD$7.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.
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How to watch Federer vs Basilashvili live stream: Qatar Open 2021 ATP tennis online in Australia
If you fancy watching Roger Federer vs Nikoloz Basilashvili and are Down Under, you'll need to be a subscriber to beIN Sports (opens in new tab).
Prepare for a late one though, as the match is scheduled for a 2am AEDT start on Friday morning (March 12).
If you're a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your package for an extra fee. No worries if you aren't though as you can also subscribe to beIN as a standalone subscription, costing $19.99 per month after you've taken advantage of a FREE two-week trial (opens in new tab).
That said, sports streaming specialist Kayo Sports (opens in new tab) includes beIN tennis action in its package. The Basic plan costs just $25 a month and lets you stream on two screens, while Premium is a mere $35 a month for simultaneous viewing on up to three devices.
Of the two, Kayo Sports Premium (opens in new tab) represents the best value as it offers multi-screen support - which means you can effectively split the price of a monthly subscription between friends or family and pay less.
Kayo also lets you watch a load of other great sports, and most enticingly, there's even a free 14-day Kayo Sports trial (opens in new tab) on offer, so you can check it out for yourself without committing a penny.
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