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Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic of Croatia returns a shot against Kei Nishikori of Japan during the US Open men's singles final at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 8, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Cilic Leaves Little Doubt, Smashes Nishikori In US Open Final

Marin Cilic of Croatia won his first Grand Slam title by beating Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday in the U.S. Open final, a year after missing the tournament because of a doping suspension.

09/08/2014

Marin Cilic of Croatia reacts in the third set against Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles semifinal match on Day Thirteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Liguori: Marin Cilic Dominates To Win First Grand Slam Title

Marin Cilic won his very first Grand Slam title. The towering 25- year-old from Croatia dominated Kay Nishikori in straights sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

09/08/2014

Marin Cilic (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) and Kei Nishikori (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) will face off in Monday's men's final at the US Open.

Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic Meet In Surprising US Open Final

It’s among the most unexpected championship matchups in tennis history. Neither is currently ranked in the top 10. And neither has played in a major final, let alone won one.

09/08/2014

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot against Kei Nishikori of Japan during their men's singles semifinal match on Day Thirteen of the 2014 US Open.. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Liguori: Top Seed Novak Djokovic Sent Home Early

Kei Nishikori became the first Asian man to advance to a Grand Slam final. The 24-year-old from Japan ousted the top-ranked player in the world, Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3.

09/06/2014

Marin Cilic reacts after winning a point against Tomas Berdych during their quarterfinal match at the US Open on Sept. 3, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Liguori: Cilic Has Come A Long Way Since Suspension For Positive Drug Test

A year ago, Cilic did not play the US Open. He pulled out of Wimbledon, claiming he had a knee injury, but it was later revealed that he had failed a drug test.

09/04/2014

Marin Cilic returns a shot to Tomas Berdych during their quarterfinal match at the US Open on Sept. 3, 2014. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Cilic KOs No. 6 Berdych For Spot In US Open Semifinals

Marin Cilic reached his first Grand Slam semifinal in more than four years, upsetting sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych in straight sets at the U.S. Open.

09/04/2014

Arthur Ashe Stadium (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: Previewing Men’s Semifinals And Women’s Final

Ann Liguori previews the men’s semifinals and women’s final.

09/08/2012

Andy Murray

Murray Wakes Up, Steamrolls Into US Open Semifinals

In front of a sparse crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Andy Murray didn’t quite feel as though he was playing in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. And Murray wasn’t exactly playing like an Olympic gold medalist.

09/05/2012

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Andy Murray Advances, Will Face Marin Cilic In Quarterfinals

Still seeking his first Grand Slam title, Olympic champion Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals at an eighth consecutive major tournament by beating 15th-seeded Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 Monday night.

09/03/2012

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American Ryan Harrison Out Of US Open

American teenager Ryan Harrison lost 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (6) to 27th-seeded Marin Cilic in the first round of the U.S. Open on Monday.

08/29/2011