How to watch Zverev vs Thiem live online

This will be the second men’s semi-final and will take place on January 31, the day after the Federer vs Djokovic match. No start time has been confirmed yet, but we do know that the game won’t start until at least 7:30 PM AEDT (8:30 AM GMT / 3:30 AM EST). Can’t make it in person? Don’t panic: below, we’ll explain how to live stream Zverev vs Thiem from abroad (outside of Australia).

You should note that we’ll only be recommending official Australian Open broadcasters. Third-party streams are all but inevitable for major sporting events, but we advise against their use, not only because their video quality is often very poor, but because they’re frequently taken offline partway through. With numerous legitimate (and free) ways to watch the Australian Open men’s semi-finals online, there’s really no reason to use shady, third-party streams.

This match will only be broadcast on region-locked streaming services. As such, if you’re traveling and there’s no official broadcaster where you are, you’ll need a VPN to access your home streaming services.

How to live stream Zverev vs Thiem from abroad with a VPN

VPNs prevent geo-restricted services from seeing your real location by replacing your IP address with that of the server you’re using. This allows you to quickly and easily unblock geo-restricted platforms abroad. This is simpler than it sounds; below is a quick guide to watching the Australian Open 2020 online from abroad.

How to watch Zverev vs Thiem live online free, from anywhere:

  1. Sign up for a VPN if you don’t already have one. We recommend ExpressVPN but CyberGhost and NordVPN are both high-quality, low-cost options.
  2. Download and install the VPN app. There should be versions for all of the most popular devices.
  3. Choose one of the official broadcasters from the list below.
  4. Connect to a VPN server in the appropriate location. You’d use an Australian server to unblock 9Now, for example, or an American one for The Tennis Channel.
  5. Visit your chosen service and create an account (if required). Note that you may need a payment method linked to a location address.
  6. Now try playing a video on your chosen platform. In most cases, it should begin immediately. If it doesn’t, clear your browser’s cookies and try again.

The Zverev vs. Thiem match will air live, so we recommend spending a few minutes making sure your VPN works properly ahead of time. If you run into any issues, you can simply contact customer support (many providers offer 24/7 live chat) for assistance.

How to stream the Australian Open for free on Australian TV

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Streaming the 2020 Australian Open is remarkably simple for Australian fans. The Zverev vs Thiem game (and all of the others) will be broadcast live on Channel 9. As such, you’ll be able to watch for free on 9Now. Tournament coverage starts at 10 AM AEDT every day, only breaking occasionally for the news, but you can also catch key games later on-demand if you’d like.

9Now is a region-locked service, and additionally, you’ll have to create an account before you can watch anything. If you usually live in Australia but are currently abroad, you can simply use a VPN to access it as normal. ExpressVPN provides a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to stream Zverev vs Thiem risk-free. If you’re unsatisfied (or just don’t need a VPN afterward), you can cancel to receive a full refund.

Where else can I watch the men’s semi-finals matches online?

The Australian Open sees some of the world’s best tennis players go head-to-head, so it should come as no surprise that it has fans all over the world. Below, we’ll explain which networks are showing the men’s semi-finals in your country:


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ESPN and The Tennis Channel will both have coverage of this event from 3 AM EST onwards, but if that’s a little too early for you, ESPN will also have a replay at 2 PM. If you get either of these channels as part of your cable package, you can just sign in and start streaming right away at no added cost. Don’t worry, though: there are plenty of ways to watch the Australian Open online without cable too.

The ESPN website also allows you to sign in with a Sling TV, YouTube TV, or Hulu with Live TV account. These services all offer a free trial period, so if you’d like, you can just sign up, stream Zverev vs Thiem live, and cancel before your account is charged.

All of these streaming services are geo-restricted, so if you’re outside of the US, you’ll need a VPN to access them.


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Canadian fans can watch every remaining Australian Open fixture live on TSN or RDS. Both platforms offer identical coverage, but RDS is a French-language broadcaster while TSN’s stream will be in English.

Already signed up for one of these services? In that case, just log in to the appropriate website using your cable provider details and start watching! If you don’t have cable TV, you can just purchase a digital pass for $4.99 CAD per day or $19.99 per month.

RDS and TSN are region-locked and only available in Canada. This means you’ll need a VPN to use them from anywhere else in the world.


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Eurosport will show Zverev vs Thiem live, as well as every other 2020 Australian Open fixture. If you don’t fancy staying up until the early hours to watch, though, you can catch a replay the following day at 5 PM.

Although you can sign up for Eurosport via your cable provider, this doesn’t actually allow you to watch online. For this, you’ll need a Eurosport Player account, which costs £6.99 per month or £39.99 per year.

Eurosport is available all across Europe but is only showing the Australian Open in select countries. As such, you’ll need a VPN to stream Zverev vs Thiem from outside the UK.

2020 Australian Open: Can Zverev beat Thiem?

One thing is for sure: this looks to be an exceptionally close match. These two players have faced off eight times before, with Thiem taking six wins. However, neither has ever made it this far in the Australian Open, so nerves may well take their toll. We saw this during the Nadal vs Thiem match, where Thiem repeatedly whiffed shots he should have landed comfortably.

It’s also worth mentioning that both Zverev and Thiem are aggressive backline players. This means that we’ll likely see a lot of movement on the court, as each tries to force the other out of their comfort zone. Ultimately, while this match is too close to call, it looks to be one that fans won’t soon forget.

See also: How to live stream the Australian Open 2020