Australian Open 2020 Final: How to Watch Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem, Start Time, Live Stream

Novak Djokovic is one win away from a record eighth Australian Open title and a second consecutive triumph at Melbourne Park.

The world No. 2 takes on Dominic Thiem, the No.5 seed, in the men's final on Sunday, looking to successfully defend the title he won 12 months ago and take his career Grand Slam tally to 17 titles, two behind Rafael Nadal and three behind Roger Federer's record of 20.

The latter capitulated in straight sets against Djokovic on Thursday, as the Serb extended his lead in the all-time series over the Swiss to 27-23. Djokovic has now defeated Federer in their last six meetings in a Grand Slam but had to dig deep in the first set, when he found himself 4-1 and 40-0 down to Federer.

The No. 2 seed rallied back and eventually came through a tie-break to win the first set, before breezing through the second and third to secure a 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 6-3 win.

"The match could have definitely gone a different way if he had used those break points [in the sixth game]," Djokovic said after the match.

"He started well, I was nervous. Respect to Roger for coming out tonight. He was obviously hurt and wasn't close to his best in terms of movement.

"It was not exactly the right mindset for me at the start, I was looking at how he was moving rather than executing my shots."

With the exception of Stan Wawrinka's triumph in 2014, no player other than Djokovic and Federer has won the Australian Open since Rafael Nadal won the tournament for the first—and so far only—time in his career in 2009.

Djokovic has lost just three matches at Melbourne Park in the past 10 years and will look to extend his dominance on Sunday against Thiem, who reached the Australian Open final for the first time in his career.

The Austrian lost the first set against Zverev, the No. 7 seed, but dug deep to get back into a close-fought match, winning 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, (7-3) 7-6 (7-4).

Thiem has lost the French Open final in the last two years against Nadal and could become the first Austrian since Thomas Mustert won the French Open in 1995 to triumph at a major tournament.

"To reach the Australian Open final is unreal," he said.

"Two tie-breaks, so tough and so close, it was almost impossible to break him [Zverev]."

Having played two tie-breaks to beat Nadal in four sets in the quarterfinals, Thiem needed two more in the semifinal and admitted fatigue was an issue early in the match against Zverev.

"It is not easy because I played four hours and 10 minutes against Rafa [Nadal], who is most intense man on tour," he explained.

"I had some troubles in the first set, it was both of our first semi-finals here and it was not easy."

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates in his semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30 in Melbourne, Australia. TPN/Getty

Men's final start time

The final of the Australian Open gets underway at 7:30 p.m. local time on Sunday.

Because of the 16-hour difference between Melbourne and the east coast of the U.S., the match will be played at 3:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.

TV channel

Coverage on ESPN begins at 3:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, with a replay available on ESPN2 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday.

Live stream

Fans can watch the action online via the WatchESPN app and on ESPN.com.

Australian Open men's final odds

According to Oddschecker, Novak Djokovic is a 7/25 favorite, while Dominic Thiem is a 3/1 underdog.

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