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Croat  Marin Cilic beat Japan's Kei  Nishikori in Monday's men's final at the 
U.S. Open. The 14th-seeded big-serving Cilic handled the 10th-seeded Nishikori 
6-3,  6-3, 6-3 to capture his first Grand Slam title in his first major final. 

The 25-year-old Cilic, who missed last year's U.S. Open while serving a doping 
ban,  is  the first  Croatian  Grand  Slam  champion  since his  coach,  Goran 
Ivanisevic, won the Wimbledon title in 2001. Monday marked the first time in 9 
1/2  years that a men's Grand Slam final did not feature Roger Federer, Rafael 
Nadal or Novak Djokovic. 

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