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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

Serena Williams (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: Serena Williams Wins 18th Grand Slam Title

Serena Williams dominated Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-3 in a match that took only an hour and 15 minutes. Serena smacked over 7 times the number of winners (29 winners to Wozniacki’s 4).

09/07/2014

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Williams Tops Wozniacki, Picks Up Third Consecutive US Open Title

Serena Williams ended a difficult-for-her Grand Slam season in the best way possible, winning her third consecutive U.S. Open title by beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.

09/07/2014

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)

Federer Loses To Marin Cilic In US Open Semifinals

Roger Federer could not pull off another big escape at the U.S. Open, losing 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals Saturday against Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

09/06/2014

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

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in 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 Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)

Japan’s Nishikori Stuns Top-Ranked Djokovic In Four Sets At US Open

Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final, stunning top-ranked Novak Djokovic in four sets at the U.S. Open.

09/06/2014

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns a shot against Peng Shuai of China during their US Open semifinal match on Sept.  5, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Wozniacki Is All That Stands Between Williams And 18th Major Championship

If Serena Williams defeats Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday’s final, the 32-year-old American will become the first woman since Chris Evert in the 1970s to win three consecutive US Open singles titles.

09/05/2014

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot against Gael Monfils of France during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Federer Saves 2 Match Points, Reaches US Open Semis

Frustrated by Monfils’ unpredictable style, flummoxed by the swirling wind, and missing shots he normally makes, Federer twice was a single point from losing while down 5-4 in the fourth set.

09/04/2014

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

Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Andy Murray during their US Open men's quarterfinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center September 3, 2014. (Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Djokovic To Face Nishikori In US Open Semis; Murray Drained, ‘Disappointed’

Eventually, the physically demanding action proved too much for a fading Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic pulled away to reach the semifinals for the eighth consecutive year.

09/04/2014

(Left): Serena Williams of the United States reacts against Flavia Pennetta of Italy during their women's singles quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)

(Right): Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves against Andy Murray of Great Britain during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2014. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic Off To US Open Semifinals

After a bad-as-can-be start, dropping the first three games, Serena Williams quickly turned things around and stretched her U.S. Open winning streak to 19 matches to get back to the semifinals.

09/03/2014

Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates after defeating Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2014 US Open. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)

Liguori: Marathon Man Kei Nishikori Continues To Make History At US Open

Tenth seed Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player in the Open Era to advance to a Grand Slam semifinal with a five-set win over 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.

09/03/2014

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