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Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream: How to watch the French Open third round match online

Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return against Russia's Karen Khachanov during their men's singles match on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2022.
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The Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream will show you the 13-time French Open champion's third round match from Roland-Garros 2022.

Read on and we'll show you how to watch the match live from anywhere with a VPN (opens in new tab), potentially for FREE.

Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream: How to watch live online

The Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream should start at around 2.40 p.m. BST / 9.40 a.m. ET / 6.40 a.m. PT today (Friday, May 27).
► FREE LIVE STREAM 9Now (opens in new tab) (Australia) / France.tv (opens in new tab) (France)
► U.S. — Peacock (opens in new tab) / NBC/Tennis Channel via SlingTV (opens in new tab)
► U.K. — Discovery Plus (opens in new tab)
► Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

Rafael Nadal is a legend at Roland-Garros; it's surely only a matter of time before one of the courts here is named after him. He's taken 13 French Open titles, and his second-round win over Corentin Moutet on Wednesday was his 107th victory here. No other player has dominated one tournament to this degree, and certainly not a Grand Slam event.

But he faces a hard task to pick up a 14th title this year. His third-round match against Botic van de Zandschulp won't be easy, as the Dutchman is ranked no.29 in the world. And if Nadal does win, there's a good chance he'd have to face Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final — assuming the Serbian triumphs in the Novak Djokovic vs Aljaz Bedene live stream earlier today.

Nadal is third on the Court Suzanne-Lenglen at Roland-Garros, and we expected him at around 3 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. ET, but it appears he'll now be on sooner — about 2.40 p.m. BST / 9.40 a.m. ET.

Read on for full info of how to watch, including details of where it's streaming for FREE, and also check out our 2022 French Open live streams hub for today's schedule, seedings and more. 

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How to watch Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live streams for FREE

If you're lucky enough to live in Australia, France or Austria then you can look forward to FREE coverage of the Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream.

That's because the free-to-air 9Gem and its 9Now (opens in new tab) streaming service in Australia, France.TV (opens in new tab) in France and ServusTV (opens in new tab) in Austria all have rights to the match. However, 9Now is currently showing the Novak Djokovic third round match, so that may not be an option. 

France.TV definitely is showing it though — so if you're in France (or are usually based in France but aren't there right now), you can watch it on that service.  

But what if you're usually based in one of those countries but aren't at home for a particular French Open live stream? 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 Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream from anywhere with a VPN

It's natural that you might want to watch the Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream from your home country, but what if you're not there when it's on?

Look no further than a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN 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 Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream on 9Now (opens in new tab), 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. 

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 or another website and watch the tennis match.

How to watch the Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream in the US

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If you're in the U.S. you have lots of options to watch a Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream from Roland-Garros. 

Viewers can watch all the action on NBC and the Tennis Channel, plus selected Bally Sports regional networks. NBC can be accessed with one of the best TV antennas, while the Tennis Channel is available in some cable packages. 

If you've cut the cord and don't have cable, you can watch the Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream via several live TV services, including NBC's own Peacock (opens in new tab), plus Sling TV and Fubo.TV.

Of these options, we recommend Peacock: it costs just $4.99/month with ads, or $9.99 without, and includes lots more great content as well as the French Open live streams from Roland-Garros.

If you go the SlingTV route, you'll want Sling Blue, which is $35 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including NBC (in select regions). It also includes the Tennis Channel as part of its Sports Extra package, for an extra $11/month. On the plus side, right now Sling is offering 50% off the first month (opens in new tab)

Fubo.TV, meanwhile, costs $70 per month for 121 channels. Sports fans will find a number of niche sports channels among its lineup. 

If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). And if, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN. You could also try NordVPN (opens in new tab), which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark (opens in new tab) which offers 24 hour assistance.

In addition to showing selected French Open live streams, Peacock (opens in new tab) also has a huge library of licensed content drawn from various brands. That includes shows like 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.

Sling TV (opens in new tab) offers two packages, both of which cost $35 a month. The Sling Blue plan comes with 30-plus channels, including NBC in some regions. You can add the Tennis Channel for $11/month more and Sling is currently offering 50% off the first month.

If you love sports, you might want to check out Fubo.TV (opens in new tab). It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front and has dozens of sports channels, including NBC and the Tennis Channel. 

How to watch the Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream in the UK

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British tennis lovers also have a couple of options to watch the Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream from Roland-Garros, but the situation isn't quite as good as in previous years.

This year, the tournament won't be available to watch on free-to-air channels, whereas last year it was on ITV. 

Instead, Discovery Plus (opens in new tab) and Eurosport (opens in new tab) have the rights to all French Open live streams. Don't worry about the fact that there are two channels listed; Eurosport is being rolled into Discovery Plus, so it won't matter which you subscribe to.

Discovery Plus is available for £6.99/month or £59.99/year. You can sign up for Discovery Plus here (opens in new tab), or access the service via Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab) — and here you can get a seven-day free trial of the service. Plus, if you don't already have Amazon Prime itself, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial of that at the same time. 

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.

How to watch the Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream in Canada

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Canadians can watch the Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp match 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 $7.99 (CAD) a day or $19.99 per month.

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 Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream in Australia

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Aussies can watch the Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp live stream on Channel Nine this year, after they cut a deal for exclusive coverage from Roland-Garros that also saw them broadcast last year's tournament. 

As Rafael Nadal vs Botic van de Zandschulp is a big tie, it could air on the free-to-view 9Gem channel and via the on-demand service 9Now (opens in new tab). However, it clashes with the Novak Djokovic vs Aljaz Bendene match, so it's possible it won't make it on to 9Now. 

Instead, to watch every French Open match in Australia, ad-free and in up to 4K, you'll need a subscription to Stan Sport (opens in new tab).

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 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 French Open live streams, Stan also has tennis action from Wimbledon, Champions League 21/22 live streams, Europa League coverage plus a huge amount of live Rugby.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), to watch all the action on your Stan account, as if you were back home.

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