Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, at the United States Open on Monday night to win his first Grand Slam title.
A showcase for the next generation in men’s tennis, the match was the first Grand Slam final since the 2005 Australian Open that did not include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray.
The 14th-seeded Cilic, who defeated No. 6 Tomas Berdych and No. 2 Roger Federer on his way to the final, is the lowest seed to win the U.S. Open since Pete Sampras won the 2002 tournament as the No. 17 seed.
With Cilic facing the 10th-seeded Nishikori, this was the first time since Patrick Rafter defeated Greg Rusedski in 1997 that the U.S. Open final featured two players outside the top 10 seeds and two players making their Grand Slam final debuts.
Cilic, 25, was a top-10 player for several weeks in 2010 after reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open, but had not been able to return to those heights.
Nishikori, a 24-year-old from Japan, was attempting to become the first man from Asia to win a Grand Slam singles title. Instead Cilic is the second Croatian man to win a major singles championship: His coach, Goran Ivanisevic, won Wimbledon in 2001.
Cilic hired Ivanisevic last year while serving a four-month doping suspension for ingesting a banned stimulant. Ivanisevic has rejuvenated the 6-foot-6 Cilic’s game by emphasizing powerful serving
Didn't get to watch but I heard that Cilic played some great tennis. Amazing tournament for my boy Kei though...Beating the 5th, 3rd, and 1st seeds consecutively and giving us this gem