Tennis fans tuned in en masse to Sunday’s U.S. Open men’s final to watch Rafael Nadal outlast Daniil Medvedev in a five-set thriller. Overnight ratings for the match from Flushing Meadow jumped by 33% over last year and earned the best numbers for a men’s final since 2015.
Nadal-Medvedev served up a 2.0 overnight rating for the five-hour, 15-minute telecast, clobbering the 1.5 for last year’s final, when Novak Djokovic dispatched Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets. Sunday’s match drew best ratings for a U.S. Open men’s final since Djokovic beat Roger Federer in 2015. That match at Arthur Ashe Stadium drew a 2.4 overnight rating.
In winning the tournament’s first five-set men’s final since 2012, Spaniard Nadal scored his fourth U.S. Open title and the 19th Grand Slam of his career, dating the to 2005 French Open. A game Medvedev, from Russia, came back from being down two sets to win the third and fourth and force a fifth. The last time someone won the Open after being down 2-0 was Pancho Gonzales in 1949.
On the women’s side Saturday, Bianca Andreescu upset Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam.
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