New York: Marin Cilic, his first Grand Slam title in hand after a straight-sets pounding of Kei Nishikori in the US Open final on Monday, thanked Goran Ivanisevic for helping him rediscover joy in tennis.
The 14th-seeded Cilic, playing in his first major final, became the first Croatian man to lift a Grand Slam trophy since Ivanisevic at Wimbledon in 2001. (Full match report)
He began working with his onetime hero last November. It was the lowest point of his career as he served out a controversial doping ban for a banned stimulant that he says he ingested unwittingly in an over-the-counter supplement.