Cilic Defeats Nishikori at U.S. Open for his First Grand Slam Title

Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to cut Asia's flight in tennis and help himself to a Grand Slam win.

updated: September 09, 2014 08:11 IST
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Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates with his US Open trophy after defeating Japan's Kei Nishikori in the final.

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New York: After the frustration and the waiting; after the nerves and last year's bitterness, it suddenly looked easy for Marin Cilic.

See ball. Hit ball. See opportunity. Seize opportunity.

He has never had a bigger one on a tennis court, and the 6-foot-6 Cilic truly did not flinch: walking tall into Arthur Ashe Stadium and playing taller as he swept to the U.S. Open title with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 rout of Kei Nishikori. (Related: Marin Cilic puts Croatia on tennis map again)

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