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Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream and how to watch the US Open men's final live

Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz will contest the 2022 US Open final
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There's a lot on the line in the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream — not only will the winner of this US Open men's singles final take their first Grand Slam, but they'll also go to the top of the world rankings.

It promises to be a classic, and the good news is that the match will air for free on Australia's 9Gem channel and 9Now streaming service. And don't worry if you're on holiday while it's on — because you can watch 2022 US Open live streams from anywhere with a VPN (opens in new tab).

Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream: date, time, channels

The Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz takes place today (Sunday, September 11) at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. BST
► FREE live stream9Now (opens in new tab) (Australia)
► U.S. — ESPN via SlingTV (opens in new tab)
► U.K. Prime Video (opens in new tab)
► Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

With the big four of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray now pretty much reduced to a big two, and with Nadal increasingly struggling with injury, there's a gap for one of the young guns to step up and become the player to beat in men's tennis.

Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud are two of the most likely contenders, and they meet tomorrow in a US Open final with a lot resting on it. Neither has won a Slam before; Ruud reached the final in Paris this year, but lost to Nadal, while Alcaraz has never before even reached a semi.

But both have been among the most consistent players on the ATP tour for a couple of years, with Ruud winning three titles this year and five last to rise to number seven in the world, and Alcaraz taking four this year and one in 2021 to reach no.4.

The winner here will become no.1, dethroning Daniil Medvedev in the process, but both will probably be more concerned with taking that first Slam title. 

They've met twice before, with 19-year-old Alcaraz beating 23-year-old Ruud both times, but who will be the victor when it really matters? Find out by watching the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream. Plus, don't forget to also check out our US Open live streams hub for results and more.

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How to watch Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live streams for FREE

If you're lucky enough to live in Australia then you can look forward to FREE Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live streams.

That's because the free-to-air 9Gem and the 9Now (opens in new tab) streaming service have the rights to the action Down Under. 

But what if you're usually based in Australia but aren't at home for the US Open men's final? Maybe you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on pay TV in another country, when you'd usually be able to watch for free at home?

Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below.

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How to watch the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream from anywhere with a VPN

A VPN, or virtual private network, makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.

For instance, an Australian who's currently in the U.S. could watch the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream on 9Now, even though they're not in Australia. 

They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

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Safety, speed and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. It's also compatible with loads of devices and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you want to try it out.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view an Australian service, you'd select Australia from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to 9Now and watch the tennis.

How to watch the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream in the US

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Tennis fans in the U.S. will want ESPN to catch the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream.

ESPN is available through most cable packages as well as some of the best cable TV alternatives, including Sling TV, Fubo.TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV.  

Our pick of these would be Sling TV (which is also one of the best streaming services): the Sling Orange package costs just $35 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including ESPN. Plus, right now Sling is offering 50% off the first month (opens in new tab)

Fubo.TV, meanwhile, costs $70 per month for 121 channels and includes ESPN. It also offer a 7-day free trial.

As well as being available through your cable service, you can also stream the action via the ESPN app, or on the Watch section of ESPN's website. However, you'll need to authenticate with your satellite, cable or live TV provider credentials to watch any sessions. 

And remember, if you're usually based in the U.S. but aren't there at the moment, you can still watch the services you already subscribe to via a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

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Sling TV (opens in new tab) offers two packages, both of which cost $35 a month. The Sling Orange option comes with 30-plus channels, including ESPN. Plus, Sling is currently offering 50% off the first month.

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If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got dozens of sports channels, including ESPN and the Tennis Channel, and offers a 7-day free trial.

How to watch the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream in the UK

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British tennis lovers will be able to watch the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream on Prime Video (opens in new tab). What's more, you can sign up to a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime if you've not had one before and enjoy both the men's and women's finals without spending a penny.

There'll be comprehensive coverage every day of the tournament, complete with expert analysis from former stars including Martina Navratilova, Tim Henman, Daniela Hantuchova, Greg Rusedski and Jim Courier.

Going on holiday this week or next? Sign up to ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) or another VPN service and you'll be able to use the services you already subscribe to.

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How to watch the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream in Canada

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Canadians can watch the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz US Open men's final on TSN (in English) or RSN (in French), as part of a cable TV package. If they've cut the cord, they can sign up for TSN (opens in new tab) or RDS (opens in new tab) streaming accounts for $19.99/month or $199/year.

Not at home right now? Use ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) or another VPN service to trick your device into thinking you're still in Canada.

How to watch the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream in Australia

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Aussies can watch the Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream on Channel Nine, specifically 9Gem, which means it will also air on the on-demand service 9Now (opens in new tab).

That's great news wherever you are, because 9Now is available for free; all you need is an Australian postcode. That means Australians who aren't in the country right now will simply need to sign up to a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) in order to watch all the action as if they were back home.

There is also another option, though, in the form of Stan Sport (opens in new tab) — which will let you watch completely ad-free and in up to 4K resolution

Stan can be accessed via a wide variety of devices including many smart TVs, iOS and Android phones, Chromecast, Apple TV and more — plus it costs a very reasonable $20 AUD per month ($10 for a standard subscription and $10 for the Sport add-on). A 30-day FREE trial (opens in new tab) gives you a taste of the platform — and the good news is that the Sport add-on also has a 7-day FREE trial.

You'll need to pay extra to access HD or 4K streams and to increase the number of devices you watch on, but even if you go for the full-fat Premium sub with the Sport add-on, you'd still only be looking at $29/month.

As well as the US Open live streams, Stan also has Champions League live streams, a huge amount of live rugby and much more.

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