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Sampras-Agassi Is Ratings Winner

September 10, 2002|Associated Press

NEW YORK — The U.S. Open final between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi drew the event's highest TV rating since those two played for the 1990 title.

CBS Sports' coverage of Sunday's match, which Sampras won, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, had a 7.9 overnight rating.

That's 44% higher than the 5.5 for the 2001 final, in which Lleyton Hewitt beat Sampras in straight sets.

And it's the biggest overnight rating for a U.S. Open men's final since the 8.0 when Sampras defeated Agassi 12 years ago.

That was Sampras' first Grand Slam championship; he now has a record 14.

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