Congratulations, Marin Cilic! The Croatian tennis player defeated Kei Nishikori at the U.S. Open Men’s Final on Sept. 8.
Marin Cilic, 25, has just won his first Grand Slam title ever. Marin defeated Japanese played Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in just under two hours of play on Sept. 8 to win the US Open. How exciting!
Marin Cilic Wins At US Open Match: His Euphoric Victory Over Kei Nishikori
It was a big night at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. In a surprising final game, Marin, who was seeded 14th, defeated Kei, who was seeded 10th, to win the U.S. Open.
Marin beat five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer, 33, in the semi-finals to make it to the big game.
Marin was playing his best all night. His combination of 130 mile-per-hour serves and 100 mile-per-hour groundstrokes ultimately defeated Kei, according to USA Today. Marin took the first set 6-3. In the second set, the 6’6″ tall player served perfectly — and defeated Kei 6-3 again. In the third set, Marin cemented his win with another 6-3 finish.
After Marin won, he ran up the stands to hug his family. What led to his win? “It’s all hard work from the last several years,” the U.S. Open champ told reporters, according to NPR. Marin wins a $3 million check as his grand prize.
According to USA Today, Kei admitted after the game that he didn’t play his best. “He was playing really well today. Couldn’t play my tennis,” Kei said.
Marin was unable to play in last year’s U.S. Open because of a suspension due to doping allegations, according to ESPN.
Serena Williams Wins U.S. Open — Congratulations!
This U.S. Open has been SO exciting! Serena Williams, 32, won the U.S. Open women’s singles championship on Sept. 7! She won out over out Caroline Wozniacki, 24, for the title. She ultimately beat Caroline 6-3 and 6-3 for the championship.
Congratulations to Marin Cilic! Are YOU happy Marin walked away as the winner, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
— Megan Ross