Rafael Nadal faces Italy's Matteo Berrettini in the semi-finals of the 2022 Australian Open on Friday. Can Wimbledon finalist Berrettini pull off a miracle, or is former world no.1 Nadal destined for yet another title? Play is due to start at 3.30am GMT on 28th January. Aussies can watch every Australian Open match free on 9now. Here's how to watch a Nadal vs Berrettini live stream online and on TV from anywhere with a VPN.
No.7 seed Matteo Berrettini muscled past Frenchman Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals to set up the third semi-final appearance of his career, against none other than Rafael Nadal. When the pair last met, at the US Open in 2019, Nadal was the straight sets winner. Things are different this time; the Italian in the form of his life while Nadal has only recently recovered from a bout of COVID-19.
No.6 seed Rafael Nadal defeated Denis Shapovalov in five sets to make his 36th Grand Slam semi-final. The Spanish tennis titan appears to be struggling with his fitness, on top of a stomach upset. Nonetheless, he battled his way over the finish line and is now just two victories away from his 21st Grand Slam title.
"Of course, I'm surprised to be here," said Nadal after beating Shapovalov. "We can create history but the real thrill is that two months ago we didn't know if we could be able to get back on tour. For me this is a present of life to be playing tennis again."
Aussie fans can watch the 2022 Australian Open free on 9Now. Follow our guide to watch a free Nadal vs Berrettini live stream from anywhere.
Nadal vs Berrettini free live stream
Every match of the 2022 Australian Open – including Berrettini vs Nadal – is televised on Nine and streamed live on 9now. Coverage is completely free... but only in Australia.
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Watch a Berrettini vs Nadal live stream from abroad with a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2022 Australian Open rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. It creates a private connection between your device and the internet, so you can access local streaming services from anywhere and save money!
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How to use a VPN
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. Tennis fans may wish to choose 'Australia' for 9now.
3. Then head over to 9now on your browser or device and enjoy the free Berrettini vs Nadal live stream.
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, which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark which offers 24 hour assistance.
Berrettini vs Nadal live stream in UK/Europe
Eurosport holds the rights to air the Australian Open 2022 in the UK/Europe. Every match will be live across Discovery+, the Eurosport app and Eurosport.com. Berrettini vs Nadal is due to start at 3.30am GMT on Friday, 28th January.
Subscription to Discovery+ (Entertainment & Sport) costs just £6.99/€6.99 a month and includes: Australian Open tennis, Grand Tour cycling, snooker and much more. Amazon Prime subscribers can trial Discovery+ free for 7 days.
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Subscribe to Discovery+ for a month and you can watch every match of the 2022 Australian Open live, in the company of John McEnroe and Boris Becker. It's contract-free, so you can cancel anytime you like.
Berrettini vs Nadal live stream in the USA
TV rights to the 2022 Australian Open are once again split between ESPN and the Tennis Channel.
ESPN has bagged the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. Cord-cutters can stream all the action live on ESPN+ for $6.99 a month.
Another option is to watch ESPN on Sling Orange. Cable replacement service Sling offers new subscribers a 3-day free trial.
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Want to watch the first tennis Grand Slam of 2022? Hurry, and you can get your first three days of Sling completely free! It's $35 a month after but there's no contract, so you can cancel anytime you like.
A third option is to subscribe to the Tennis Channel direct, which you may be able to do as part of your cable package.
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Australian Open 2022 schedule & match times
Schedule is as follows:
17th January 2022 – Men's and women's singles first round
18th January 2022 – Men's and women's singles first round
19th January 2022 – Men's and women's singles second round
20th January 2022 – Men's and women's singles second round
21st January 2022 – Men's and women's singles third round
22nd January 2022 – Men's and women's singles third round
23rd January 2022 – Men's and women's singles fourth round
24th January 2022 – Men's and women's singles fourth round
25th January 2022 – Men's and women's singles quarter-finals
26th January 2022 – Men's and women's singles quarter-finals
27th January 2022 – Women's semi-finals
28th January 2022 – Men's semi-finals
29th January 2022 – Women's final
30th January 2022 – Men's final