When Andy Murray and Roger Federer met in the final round of the 2012 Wimbledon Championship, the match had plenty of eye-catching storylines to entertain even the most casual tennis fan.
Murray came into the match as the first British-born male to reach the final at the All England Club since 1938 and was attempting to become the first since 1936 to take home the title.
Federer was vying for his seventh championship at Wimbledon (tying him with Pete Sampras for the most all-time), his 17th Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking in the world with a win over Murray.
Apparently, these story lines where enough to draw in the viewing public.
The Roger Federer-Andy Murray match is officially ESPN’s best-ever rating for tennis. The 2.9 rating represents 3,925,000 viewers— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 9, 2012
According to Deitsch, the highest rated tennis event for ESPN prior to Sunday was the 1995 Aussie Open Final, which pitted Andre Agassi against Sampras.