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)