After almost two weeks of play, the 2021 Australian Open is drawing to a close. Still, what better way to close the tournament than with a showdown between Djokovic and Medvedev? Will Djokovic take home his ninth win or will Medvedev pull off a shock upset and leave Melbourne with his first ever victory at the Australian Open? You’ll have to tune in at 7:30 PM AET (3:30 AM EST / 12:30 AM PST / 8:30 AM GMT) on Sunday 21st February to find out. Take a look below to find out how you can stream Djokovic vs Medvedev live online for free.
Unfortunately, third-party streams are almost inevitable for high-profile sporting events like this one. However, we don’t recommend using these as they tend to provide an inferior viewing experience. You might find, for instance, that the video quality is lower than on an official stream. Worse, unofficial streams are prone to cutting out (or being taken down) at crucial moments. Luckily, there are plenty of legitimate sources to choose from and best of all, many of these allow you to watch the men’s singles final for free.
This match will only be shown on geo-restricted streaming platforms. This means that if you’re away from home at the moment and looking to watch on your usual streaming services, you’ll have to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
How to live stream Djokovic vs Medvedev from abroad
VPNs encrypt your internet traffic and route it through servers in another country. This not only keeps your activities hidden from snoopers, but also allows you to trick geo-restricted services into letting you use them from anywhere in the world. Don’t worry: this is all much easier than it sounds! Follow these steps to unblock and stream the Australian Open while traveling abroad:
- Start by deciding which VPN you’d like to use. We recommend NordVPN, although Surfshark and ExpressVPN are two speedy, secure alternatives.
- Download the VPN app, making sure to install it on any device you use for streaming. Usually, you’ll be allowed to connect around five devices at once, but this varies slightly from one VPN to another.
- Choose which of the official broadcasters below you’d like to unblock.
- Log in to the VPN and connect to a server in the appropriate country. You’ll need an Australian server to unblock 9Now, for example, or a US server to access ESPN.
- Finally, try playing a video on your preferred service. It should begin right away without any issues. However, if it doesn’t, clearing your cookies and refreshing the page should fix the most common problems.
Because this tournament is broadcast live, we strongly advise that you spend a few minutes testing your VPN with your chosen streaming service before the match begins. This approach ensures that there’ll be plenty of time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team if anything doesn’t work as expected.
How to watch the Australian Open men’s singles finals for free on US TV
There are two official Australian Open broadcasters in the US: The Tennis Channel and ESPN. However, unless you’re already subscribed to The Tennis Channel, this is a particularly expensive way to watch, given that there’s no free trial and you have to pay for a year’s access upfront ($109.99 USD).
Instead, we recommend watching on ESPN. If you have a cable TV package that already includes these channels, you can just sign into the website and watch the entire tournament at no added cost. Alternatively, it’s possible to log in with a fuboTV, Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, or AT&T TV Now account if you’d rather watch ESPN without cable. These services all come with a free trial (usually one week), meaning it’s possible to sign up, stream the Djokovic vs Medvedev match, and cancel to avoid being charged.
ESPN and The Tennis Channel are both regionally restricted, meaning you’ll need a VPN to use them outside of the US. Don’t have a VPN yet? No problem: NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try it completely risk-free. If it fails to meet your expectations or if you only need it to watch this event, just cancel to claim a full refund.
How else can I stream the 2021 Australian Open men’s finals online?
This year’s Australian Open is being broadcast in dozens of countries around the world. Below, we’ll let you know which networks are showing the Djokovic vs Medvedev match where you are:
Every single 2021 Australian Open fixture is available free of charge on 9Now. You can choose to watch live or if you have other plans, simply stream the replays that are added shortly after each match ends. However, before you can watch anything, you’ll have to create an account. This is pretty straightforward though, and while you’ll be asked to enter an Australian ZIP code, any will work.
9Now is geo-restricted, so if you’re outside Australia, you’ll have to connect to an Australian VPN server to use this service.
British tennis fans can stream every second of this match live on Eurosport. Better still, unlike the other broadcasters, it allows you to switch between several different camera views, bringing you even closer to the action. On-demand replays will be added shortly after each fixture ends, so there’s no need to worry if you miss some of a match.
This service usually costs £6.99 per month and unfortunately, there’s no free trial available. That said, it is running a limited-time offer that gives you one month of access for £0.99, provided you sign up before February 21. Just remember to cancel after the tournament, as this subscription will automatically renew at the regular price after your first month.
Eurosport is only showing the Australian Open in the UK. In other words, if you’re abroad and want to watch on this platform, you’ll need a VPN.
Canadians have two choices for streaming the 2021 Australian Open. They can either watch in French on RDS, or in English on TSN. Either way, the price remains the same, at $7.99 CAD per day or $19.99 for a monthly pass. Both services will show every match, too, so there’s no need to worry about missing out because of your preferred language.
RDS and TSN are both geo-restricted, meaning you’ll either have to be in Canada or connected to a Canadian VPN server to use them.
Didn’t see your country above? There’s still a strong possibility you’ll be able to watch the Djokovic vs Medvedev match online, since the 2021 Australian Open has official broadcasters in more than 20 different countries. Thankfully, there’s very little research required to find a suitable local source, as the tournament’s website has a handy list of every international broadcaster. Best of all, many of these allow you to stream the tournament for free (or at least with a free trial that can be cancelled after the final match).
Australian Open: full schedule
|February 19||Murray/Soares vs Ram/Salisbury|
(Men’s Doubles - SF)
|Stosur/Ebden vs Krawczyk/Salisbury|
(Mixed Doubles - SF)
|Krejcikova/Siniakova vs Mertens/Sabalenka|
(Women’s Doubles - Final)
|D. Medvedev vs S. Tsitsipas|
(Men’s Singles - SF)
|February 20||N. Osaka vs J. Brady|
(Women’s Singles - Final)
|Stosur/Ebden vs Krejcikova/Ram|
(Mixed Doubles - Final)
|After 7:30 PM|
|February 21||Dodig/Polasek vs Ram/Salisbury|
(Men’s Doubles - Final)
|D. Medvedev vs N. Djokovic|
(Men’s Singles - Final)
Who’s more likely to win: Djokovic or Medvedev?
This is possibly the most exciting matchup that tennis fans could have hoped for in the final, made all the more thrilling by the fact that these two are so evenly matched. Djokovic and Medvedev have played each other seven times, with Djokovic taking home four wins. However, Medvedev managed to snatch the Nitto ATP Cup from Djokovic just last year, and will surely be looking to do the same with his first Australian Open win.
However, he won’t be able to rely on Djokovic’s injury to help him. In fact, after beating Karatsev, Djokovic announced that he was pain-free and looking forward to facing off against Medvedev who was, in his words, “the player to beat.” Will he take his ninth win at the Australian Open or will the world’s number four surprise us all again? The only way to find out is to watch for yourself.