Cilic Swiftly Dispatches Federer, Whose 18th Slam Will Have to Wait

After a rain-delayed start, Roger Federer lost 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to 14th-seeded Marin Cilic, to whom he had never lost before, and failed to reach Monday's US Open final against Kei Nishikori, the first Japanese man to reach a Slam final.

updated: September 07, 2014 07:09 IST
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Marin Cilic (R) acknowledges Roger Federer after winning his semifinal match.


New York: The draw to another Grand Slam title, the 18th he has been targeting since winning Wimbledon in 2012, had never looked more inviting for Roger Federer when he stepped on court to play Marin Cilic late Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

Gone were all other members of the Big Four fraternity, the axis of dominance that had claimed 36 of the last 38 men's tennis majors from the French Open in 2005 to Wimbledon this summer.

Rafael Nadal did not play the tournament because of an injured wrist. Andy Murray went out in the quarterfinals to Novak Djokovic, the top seed, who was stunned Saturday by Kei Nishikori in the first semifinal in the steamy Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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