Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live stream: How to watch Tokyo Olympics match and start time

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The very early Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live stream is clearly not the match that the former expected. Yes, the sun set on Djoker's Golden Slam attempt, as he won't be getting the gold medal this Olympics, with bronze being his new highest target.

Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live stream start time

When: Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live stream begins at around 2 a.m. ET today (Saturday, July 31). No rebroadcast information is available.
• U.S. — Watch live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
• U.K. — Watch on Discovery+ (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

Djokovic took the first set of his match against Alexander Zverev, but he wouldn't take another, as the match went 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. This defeat meant he would not be the first men's player ever to take the Golden Slam, which has only been done by Steffi Graf in 1988. 

But don't think Djokovic is moving on to think about the US Open. After the loss, he told the press “I feel terrible right now in every sense but tomorrow hopefully a fresh start I can recover and win at least one medal for my country." 

Djokovic struggled on serves, as Zverev was attacking too strongly to keep up with. He also hit hard times in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles with Nina Stojanovic, falling to the ROC team. 

If fatigue and exhaustion, which seemed at play in Friday's match, don't take Djokovic down today, we expect him to take this Tokyo Olympics tennis match, and the bronze as well. Certainly that's what DraftKings thinks: it has him at -700 to win, with Carreno Busta at +475.

Ready to go? Then here's everything you need to watch Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live streams:

How to watch the Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live stream from anywhere in the world

The Olympics is a global event and can be viewed in almost every country on Earth. However, if you're not in your home country and can't watch the Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live streams with your usual services — or you want to watch in your native language — you're not out of luck. 

With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well.

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We think speed, security and simplicity make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) second to none. During our tests, we saw fast connection times, and we're impressed by the service's ability to access more than 3,000 services spread out across 160 locations in 94 countries. Oh, and that 30-day money-back guarantee certainly helps.

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 a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to your website or streaming service of choice and tune in.

How to watch Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta in the US

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Primarily, you'll want the NBC Sports App or NBCOlympics.com to watch the Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live stream. 

The match is in the early hours of the morning, at about 2 a.m. ET (could be earlier, annoyingly). To stream the coverage, you'll need your cable or satellite account login info — and you can also log in with your Sling or Fubo account.

It may be included in roundup coverage on NBC and Peacock later, but that's not been announced. If you've cut the cable, you can find NBC and NBCSN and more in on the Sling TV (opens in new tab) Blue package. 

The Sports Extra package ($11 per month extra) gets you the Olympic channel. Sling is one of the best streaming services alongside our other recommendation for Olympics viewing: Fubo TV (opens in new tab), which has 100+ channels (many more than Sling), including all of the above networks. 

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Cheaper Live TV

Sling TV (opens in new tab): You can get USA in the Sling Blue package, which is $35/month. The 30-plus channels in the lineup include AMC, CNN, Food Network, AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV and many more. Right now, Sling is offering $10 off the first month for new subscribers.

Fubo TV (opens in new tab)

Fubo TV (opens in new tab): If you love sports, you probably want to check out Fubo TV. It's got a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab) so you don't need to pay up front. Fubo's dozens of channels include local networks like ABC and ESPN. You can also add on NBA TV. Fubo doesn't have TNT.

How to watch Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live streams in the UK

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You'll want the new service Discovery+ (opens in new tab), which has the Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta (opens in new tab) as part of the rights for full coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, breaking the BBC's previous monopoly. This year, the BBC is limited to no more than two live events at one time, whereas every single sport and every single event is available on Discovery+ or via the Eurosport channel.

Discovery is currently offering a three-day free trial (opens in new tab) of the service, with full subscriptions available for £6.99/month or £29.99/year after that. Plus, the service is available to stream through a multitude of devices include Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV and apps for iOS and Android.

The BBC may still be showing the game too, though, so check out the BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) and you may find it.

Americans abroad could just use the service of their choice, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

How to watch Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live streams in Canada

Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live streams in Canada

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The best bet in Canada is likely one of the TSN channels, specifically TSN1, TSN2 and TSN4. Sportsnet isn't highlighting tennis as one of its Saturday morning events.

The above TSN networks all are airing Tokyo Olympics coverage from midnight on.

CBC and TLN will also have Olympics coverage, and are streaming online if you log in with your cable provider or sign up for a standalone package. 

Again, Americans visiting their friends in the great white north could just use Peacock, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

How to watch Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live streams in Australia

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Down Under, Aussies can watch the Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta live stream on the 7Plus (opens in new tab) network's streaming service — which has practically everything in the Olympics. It should be on at around 4 p.m. AEST. 

Currently out of the country? Use ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to access your paid-for services.

Henry T. Casey
Senior Editor

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.