Apparently today is the day of upsets at the U.S. Open – Marin Cilic has upset Roger Federer just hours following Kei Nishikori‘s stunning upset of Novak Djokovic. 14th seeded Cilic defeated 2nd ranked Federer in straight sets – 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. It was one of the more dominating times we have witnessed Federer’s defeat in his long reign as one of tennis’ top players.
For Cilic, the day ended in appropriate grandeur – three straight aces on Federer led to triple match points. Such a display of dominance was achieved numerous times on the day for the Croatian star. In addition to many other areas of success, Cilic’s serve was superb in his victory – notches 13 aces as well as winning 87 percent of his first serve points. Cilic also contributed 43 winners on the day.
On the other hand, Federer was able to add just 28 winners while winning just 71 percent of his first serve points. While Federer’s unforced errors (17) were lower than Cilic’s (23), the veteran was unable to overcome the dominating forehand of Cilic. Winner of the U.S. Open five times, Federer met his match (pun intended) in the form of a very unlikely opponent.
Once again, the U.S. Open has to be delighted – on a day when the game’s top two male stars were playing, the underdogs were able to steal the spotlight and gain much notoriety around the world. It not only bodes well for the immediate future, but it is helping to ensure the sport continues to develop household names even when the day arrives when Roger Federer is no longer playing the game.
Cover Photo: Associated Press
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