Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal TV channel: How to watch the French Open clash in the UK | Tennis | sport
Two of the greatest tennis players of all time, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, will face off for a place in the Roland-Garros semi-finals. Tonight’s game will mark the 59th time the pair have locked horns and as is usually the case there is so much at stake.
The big Spaniard is aiming for a record 22nd Grand Slam crown, while the Serbian looks to match his rival’s tally. Their last meeting was at Roland Garros last year, where the world number one picked up his second win over Nadal at the tournament and extended their lead in their heads-up to 30-28.
Nadal leads their Grand Slam head-to-head 10-7, 7-2 in the French capital, however. It’s early enough for the duo to meet in the tournament, but given Nadal’s number five seed and a tough first half of the draw, the bottom eight will host the final chapter of the duo’s epic rivalry.
The last time Nadal and Djokovic met at Roland Garros in the quarter-finals, the defending champion picked up his first win over the Mallorca native at the event, winning 7-5, 6-3, 6 -1 in 2015. A very physical and competitive match between the two is scheduled tonight, and here’s how you can make sure you don’t miss any of the action.
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How to watch Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal in the UK
Coverage of the titanic clash between Djokovic and Nadal will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1 from 7:30 p.m.
The Sky channel for Eurosport 1 is 410 on Sky, 435 on BT and 521 on Virgin Media.
Can the match be streamed and how do I get a pass?
Fans can watch Roland-Garros on the Discovery+ streaming platform, where every match is available live and on demand without advertising. If spectators wish to watch the match this way, an Entertainment & Sport monthly pass can be purchased for £6.99.
However, if you want to buy an Entertainment & Sport annual subscription to Discovery+, it will cost you £59.99. Both subscriptions will automatically renew unless cancelled. These passes can be purchased on the Discovery+ website.
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Before the match, Nadal commented on his opponent and pledged to give his all when he steps onto the pitch later. “To be honest, every game I play here, I don’t know if it will be my last game here at Roland Garros, in my tennis career,” Nadal admitted. “But at the end of the day these are special games in a special setting and I will do my best.
“In that case, maybe with our game in 2015, those are the two games I face Djokovic here and he’s leading like the big favourite. I’m aware of what can happen and I’m aware that maybe it will be be my last match in this tournament.”
Djokovic, meanwhile, is certainly ready to recreate his 2021 victory. His coach Goran Ivanisevic told Serbian media: “There are always new things, tactics. If it doesn’t work, try something else. Of course , there are always some. I watched the game last year and then ten times the year before last, and I will watch it tonight, and tomorrow. Yesterday I watched almost the whole game against Felix[AugerAliassimeTherealwaysisbutNovakknowswhattodoheisreadyforitIfhewantstowinhemustbereadytoplay27setsfor57hours”[AugerAliassimeIlyenatoujoursmaisNovaksaitquoifaireilestprêtS’ilveutgagnerildoitsoyezprêtàjouer27setspendant57heures[AugerAliassimeTherealwaysisbutNovakknowswhattodoheisreadyforitIfhewantstowinhemustbereadytoplay27setsfor57hours”