Marin Cilic Calls US Open Title 'Life-Changing'

Updated: 10 September 2014 12:47 IST

Marin Cilic said on Tuesday that before he went on court for his 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kei Nishikori, his coach Goran Ivanisevic said to be sure to enjoy the title match - even if he was going to be incredibly nervous.

Marin Cilic Calls US Open Title 'Life-Changing'
Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates with his US Open trophy after defeating Japan's Kei Nishikori in the final. © AP

New York:

US Open champion Marin Cilic said a pep talk in the locker room from coach Goran Ivanisevic helped him stay relaxed in the final.

Cilic said on Tuesday that before he went on court for his 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kei Nishikori, Ivanisevic said to be sure to enjoy the title match - even if he was going to be incredibly nervous.

Speaking to a small group of reporters between TV appearances Tuesday, Cilic says his championship is "life-changing, completely" and he feels "like I was on a different planet."

Cilic is the first Croatian man to win a major title since Ivanisevic at Wimbledon in 2001. (Also read: Despite defeat, fans proud of Kei Nishikori)

Cilic's newfound celebrity status included reading a Top 10 list for David Letterman and chatting with Charlie Rose.

Topics : Marin Cilic Tennis
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