This men's singles final is scheduled to get underway Sunday morning at 4 a.m. EST (3 a.m. CST/2 a.m. MST/1 a.m. PST) from the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, China.
Delayed TV coverage will be available on Tennis-Channel beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST following the live broadcast of the China Open tennis 2013 women's singles final between Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic.
However, tennis fans can enjoy this Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal match online via live stream beginning at 4 a.m. EST.
Unlike the Tennis-Channel broadcast, WatchESPN and ESPN3 will be airing the Oct. 6, 2013, matches as they happen.
Therefore, the order of play for Sunday's finals consists of Djokovic v. Nadal at 4 a.m. EST followed by Williams v. Jankovic at 7:30 a.m. EST.
While losing the No. 1 spot in the ATP World Rankings is inevitable at this point, "The Joker" still had pride to play for when he faces "Rafa" for the 37th time, and the fifth meeting this tennis season.
Despite being in the midst of one of the most dominant stretches in tennis history, tennis oddsmakers are still showing the Spaniard no love in this matchup.
According to Las Vegas tennis experts, Novak Djokovic is listed as a 2/3 [-150] favorite to defeat a 23/20 [+115] underdog, Rafael Nadal, at the China Open tennis 2013 final.
This will be the third time that these rivals meet in the finals of a tournament this year. The Serb prevailed at Monte Carlo, oddly on clay, while the Spaniard returned the favor with a resounding victory at the U.S. Open last month.
Nadal comes in leading the overall series 22-15, including a three-match win streak against Djokovic. Are tennis oddsmakers wrong in listing Rafa as the underdog in this China Open tennis 2013 final?
Don't miss this Djokovic vs Nadal live stream on ESPN3, or watch a delayed version of the TV time broadcast two hours later after the women’s singles final on Tennis-Channel.