Is Cilic just another one slam wonder?
Marin Cilic might have crushed Kei Nishikori in the US Open final – but will he ever win another Grand Slam?
Cilic beat Nishikori in straight sets, 6-3 6-3 6-3, but the crowd was relatively scant and muted from the off – partly because of the 5pm local time scheduled start, but also because they were expecting that the final would be a chance to see one of the big names of men’s tennis.
Instead, the match was the first time since the 2005 Australian Open that at least one of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer were not playing for the title; and only the third time in a decade that the title hadn’t been won by one of that trio.
Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012, and followed that up with a Wimbledon win in 2013.
Juan Martin Del Potro, who beat Federer in five sets at Flushing Meadows in 2009, is the only other man to have clinched the title – and since that day, the injury-ravaged Argentine has not been back to a grand slam final and only once made it to a semi-final.
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