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French Open 2023: How to Watch, Stream Djokovic vs. Ruud Men's Final From Anywhere

Will Novak claim a record 23rd Grand Slam title or will last year's runner-up finally taste glory at Roland Garros?

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A record 23rd grand slam title is in sight for Novak Djokovic, as he takes on fourth seed Casper Ruud in the Men's French Open final on Sunday.

Djokovic impressively dismantled a cramp-suffering Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 on Friday to reach his seventh French Open final. 

Ruud is meanwhile appearing in his second successive final at Roland Garros after claiming a comprehensive 6-3 6-4 6-0 semi-final victory over Alexander Zverev in Friday's battle of big-hitters.

Below, we'll outline the best live TV streaming services to use to watch the match live wherever you are in the world.

Tennis player Novak Djokovic stretching to reach the ball, playing on a clay surface court.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia stretches to play the forehand against Lorenzo Musetti of Italy during day 5 of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 13, 2023 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. 

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Djokovic vs. Ruud : When and where?

The French Open Men's Final 2023 takes place at Roland Garros in Paris on Sunday, June 11. The game is set to get underway at 3 p.m. CET local time in France, making it a 9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT start in the US and Canada, and a 2 p.m. start in the UK. For tennis fans in Australia, the match is set to get underway at 11 p.m. AEST.

How to watch the Djokovic vs. Ruud match online from anywhere using a VPN

If you find yourself unable to view the game locally, you may need a different way to watch the match -- that's where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, and it's also a great idea if you're traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.

With a VPN, you're able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. So if your internet provider or mobile carrier has stuck you with an IP address that incorrectly shows your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can correct that problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, nonblackout area. Most VPNs, like our Editors' Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.

Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you're streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.

Looking for other options? Be sure to check out some of the other great VPN deals taking place right now.

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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It's normally $13 per month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49% plus get three months of access for free -- the equivalent of $6.67 per month -- if you get an annual subscription.

Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Livestream Djokovic vs. Ruud in the US

The French Open Men's final is being shown live on NBC and Peacock. If you don't have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can watch the match on NBC with a live-TV streaming service, however, you'll need to make sure you can get a live feed of NBC in your area. In some markets, you can watch on-demand but not live content from NBC and the other local networks.

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Peacock offers two Premium plans: the ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free Premium plan costs $10 a month. You can watch both the men's and women's French Open finals live with either plan. Peacock will also livestream the second men's semifinal and probably the end of the first semifinal between Alcaraz and Djokovic.

Read our Peacock review.

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NBC is included in Sling TV's $40-a-month Blue package, and you can also add the Tennis Channel for an extra $11 a month. Enter your address here to see which local channels are available where you live.

Read our Sling TV review.

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YouTube TV costs $73 a month and includes NBC. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area. Tennis Channel returned to YouTube TV's lineup starting June 1 as part of the $11-a-month Sports Plus add-on package.

Read our YouTube TV review.

Fubo TV

Fubo costs $75 per month and includes NBC, and you can add Tennis Channel for an additional $11 a month. Click here to see which local channels you get.

Read our FuboTV review.

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DirecTV Stream's basic $75-a-month package includes NBC, but you'll need to spring for the $100-a-month plan if you also want Tennis Channel. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.

Read our AT&T TV Now review.

Hulu Plus Live TV costs $70 a month and includes NBC. Tennis Channel isn't available. Click the "View channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.

Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

Livestream Djokovic vs. Ruud in the UK

Tennis fans in the UK will need to subscribe to Eurosport or the streaming service Discovery Plus to watch the Men's French Open final live.

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A subscription to Discovery Plus in the UK costs £6.99 per month or £59.99 for the year.

The service is available on a wide array of devices, and also includes access to all Eurosport TV channels. 

Livestream Djokovic vs. Ruud in Canada

Canadian tennis fans can watch Sunday's final live online via streaming service TSN Plus. Existing TSN cable subscribers can meanwhile watch at no extra charge using the details of their TV provider.

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TSN Plus is a new direct-streaming service, boasting exclusive coverage of PGA Tour Live golf, NFL games, F1, Nascar and the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Ideal for cord-cutters, the service is priced at CA$20 a month or CA$200 per year.

Livestream Djokovic vs. Ruud in Australia for free

The great news for sports fans Down Under is that they can watch Djokovic vs. Ruud without paying a cent, thanks to free-to-air broadcaster Channel 9. That also means you'll be able to watch the Men's final live online via its streaming service 9Now. Aussies also have a second option for streaming the action from Roland Garros via pay TV sports network Stan Sport, which is livestreaming every match on every court without ads. 

A subscription costs $10 per month on top of a $10 Stan subscription, however the service is offering a seven-day free trial.

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9Now is compatible with most smart devices. In addition to offering a wide range of sports, the service carries Love Island (UK).

Quick tips for streaming the French Open using a VPN 

  • With four variables at play -- your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN -- your experience and success when streaming the Men's Final may vary.
  • If you don't see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the "search for city or country" option.
  • If you're having trouble getting the game after you've turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs -- like Roku -- don't have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you'll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you're using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
  • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a cable network's sports app, you'll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location. 
  • And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you're using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.