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    9/8/2014 8:18:38 PM




    9/8/2014 8:19:20 PM
    US OPEN ODDS
    [betting]Sky Bet offer a range of in-play markets on the US Open final including this great Price Boost Cilic to beat Nishikori 3-1. Find the full range of odds here.
    9/8/2014 8:25:50 PM
    PRICE BOOSTS
    [betting]Here's Sky Bet's Price Boosts on tonight's US Open Final, Cilic to win 3-1 anyone? That's now 4/1.
    9/8/2014 8:30:00 PM
    STAT OF THE DAY
    [stats] 0  - The number of grand slam titles won by the men's finalists, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic. The last major final without a former champion was the 2008 Australian Open between Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
    9/8/2014 8:32:16 PM
    My 5/1 poke for tonight's #USOpen final - bit.ly/Ypwsj4
    WEATHER FORECAST
    [cloudy] Mixture of sun and clouds, hot, but a lot less humid than in previous days. High of 30 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit).
    9/8/2014 8:36:49 PM


    9/8/2014 8:37:02 PM
    #USOpen final H2H – Overall: Nishikori leads 5-2; On hard: 4-2; At US Open: 1-1
    CROFT PREDICTS EXCITING FINAL
    Sky Sports' Annabel Croft believes that we're going to be in for an exciting final between Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic tonight.

    The two of them have played the tennis of their lives to get to this stage and give themselves an opportunity of a first grand slam. In my mind it will come down a lot to the serving of Cilic. The way he dispatched Roger Federer, he's served 81 aces during the course of the tournament. The way he finished off Federer in that final game, the three aces as well and his serve had been a lot more potent in first and second serve departments. The only thing that might help Nishikori is that he's faced three very big servers and dealt with them all in Raonic, Wawrinka and Djokovic in that semi-final, so both of them have played the tennis of their lives. It depends on who can control their nerves in this situation - it's going to be exciting."

    9/8/2014 8:46:59 PM
    BARRY'S BETS
    [barrycown]Sky Sports pundit Barry Cowan has been raising money for 'Rally For Bally' with every winning tip throughout the US Open, in association with Sky Bet. Here's his final tip of the competition, and here's hoping it's a winner! Good luck Barry...
    9/8/2014 8:55:00 PM
    TWEET US
    [twitter] Nishikori stunned world No 1 and seven-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals while Cilic shocked 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer - a five-time winner at Flushing Meadows. Who do you think will win? Tweet us @SkySportsTennis and I'll publish as many as I can during the course of the final.
    9/8/2014 8:55:26 PM
    Last time there was no member of Big 4 in a Slam final (@Australian Open 05), @andy_murray had yet to play an @ATPWorldTour match #USOpen
    PLAYERS ON THEIR WAY OUT
    [tennis] After top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were disposed of in the semi-finals, the championship match will be the first not to feature either Djokovic, Federer or Rafael Nadal since the 2005 Australian Open. The players receive a rousing reception on their way out to court.
    9/8/2014 9:02:07 PM
    There has never been a final-set tie-break to decide the #USOpen men’s final
    COIN TOSS
    [toss] Marin Cilic calls tails and wins the toss. He will serve.
    9/8/2014 9:03:05 PM




    9/8/2014 9:04:37 PM
    NEW SLAM CHAMPION
    [stats] This will be the third time in six years in Flushing Meadows a new grand slam champion will lift the trophy. Britain's Andy Murray won his first grand slam title here two years ago and Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro won a maiden major in 2009. The last major title match with two first-time finalists was at Roland Garros in 2005 when Rafael Nadal defeated Argentine Mariano Puerta.
    9/8/2014 9:06:27 PM


    9/8/2014 9:06:40 PM
    READY, PLAY
    [tennis] Marin Cilic will serve first ... here we go!
    9/8/2014 9:09:05 PM
    NISHIKORI *0-1 CILIC
    Both players get a feel for conditions with an early rally and then Cilic fires the first of what is bound to be many aces for him throughout the course of this match. At 30-30 the Croatian can only find the alley with a wild forehand to hand Nishikori an early break point opportunity. The 25-year-old 14th seed saves it with a sweet crosscourt forehand winner which catches the line. The man nicknamed 'Chila' goes on to hold, but that was a testing opening game.
    9/8/2014 9:13:26 PM
    NISHIKORI 1-1* CILIC
    Both men are wearing white t-shirts and black shorts. Nishikori is wearing a white cap to avoid the fading sunlight. He falls 0-30 down on his opening service game of this final but comes roaring back thanks to a couple of winners. Cilic nets his sliced backhand and the 10th seed, who is coached by legend Michael Chang, goes on to hold.
    9/8/2014 9:17:23 PM
    [ssnr]MAKING ODDS OF IT
    Who have the bookmakers made favourite for a final which nobody expected? Here's Sky Bet's Tim Clement with the odds after the players exchange serve holds:
    9/8/2014 9:17:39 PM
    NISHIKORI *1-2 CILIC
    Cilic has served 82 aces so far compared to 30 from Nishikori. He will rely on that big booming serve to help him out tonight. He's been a lot more impressive in this third game as he holds to love.

    NISHIKORI v CILIC 



    9/8/2014 9:19:12 PM
    NISHIKORI 2-2* CILIC
    Nishikori's win over Djokovic, his second in three career meetings with the world No 1, followed a five-set quarter-final triumph over fifth seed Milos Raonic and another five-set, four and a quarter-hour marathon against third-seeded Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka. He's started confidently today and seems to be receiving the majority of the support from the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. A well struck groundstroke catches the line for a hold to 15.
    9/8/2014 9:23:56 PM
    Nishikori's coach, Michael Chang, played in the longest match in #USOpen history. 92 SF v Edberg lasted 5hrs 26mins
    NISHIKORI *2-3 CILIC
    Sky Sports' Peter Fleming, who is court side says the surface is playing slow, but Cilic opens with a 129 mph ace and then delivers a 134 mph thunderbolt down the T to match his fastest serve of the tournament. He holds to love for the second time in three service games!
    9/8/2014 9:26:09 PM



    9/8/2014 9:28:08 PM
    NISHIKORI 2-4* CILIC
    [break] Cilic is playing with more poise and creates three break point chances on the Nishikori serve. The quietly-spoken Japanese star saves two of them, but then a sliced backhand is struck into the tramlines for the all-important break.

    CILIC BREAKS 



    9/8/2014 9:31:14 PM
    NISHIKORI *2-5 CILIC
    The big-hitting Croatian smacks a clean forehand winner past Nishikori - 30-15. Cilic finds the line with a tremendous forehand on the run - just perfect! He holds and moves a game away from the first set.

    KEI OUT OF RHYTHM



    9/8/2014 9:34:13 PM
    [betting]NISHIKORI ON THE DRIFT
    Cilic's break prompts first big swing in the betting, with Nishikori drifting from slight favourite to outsider.
    Bet in-play with Sky Bet here
    9/8/2014 9:34:21 PM
    9/8/2014 9:45:00 PM


    9/8/2014 11:08:11 PM





    9/8/2014 11:08:46 PM
    CILIC THE CHAMPION ...
    WHAT A FEELING 



    9/8/2014 11:10:57 PM
    TOUGH LOSS FOR KEI
    Kei Nishikori was left hugely disappointed after losing in straight sets to Marin Cilic in the US Open final.


    It's a tough loss," said the 24-year-old. "I'm really happy to be in the final. I just want to thank my team. I'm sorry I couldn't get the trophy today, but next time. I hope to be back next year."




    9/8/2014 11:14:13 PM


    9/8/2014 11:16:10 PM
    CILIC THANKFUL TO GORAN
    Marin Cilic overwhelmed Kei Nishikori to end a tournament of shocks as one of the US Open's most unlikely champions. After claiming his first ever grand slam, he thanked his coach 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic ...

    I think this is all hard work over the last seven years. Especially the last year with Goran. The most important thing that he brought to me was to enjoy tennis and always having fun. I've enjoyed my tennis over here and played the best tennis of my life. You never know when the nerves are going to kick in so when we got going it was a bit better. I feel that for all those other players that are working hard that if you continue to do so, things will pay off."

    9/8/2014 11:24:43 PM
    Congrats @MarinCilic what a week!! Incredible tennis to win #usopentennis #Nishikori will be disappointed but great learning experience


    9/8/2014 11:26:32 PM
    MAGNIFICENT MARIN ...


    9/8/2014 11:27:39 PM
    CILIC FACTBOX
    [stats] Marin Cilic became the first Croatian to win a grand slam singles final in 13 years with his victory at the US Open in New York.
    • Born Sept. 28, 1988 (Aged 25)
    • Began playing tennis when he was seven years old with a cousin who lived in Germany and would visit his home city during summer.
    • Enjoys playing on all surfaces but says hard and grass are best-suited for him because of his height and style of play.
    • In 2008, finished as his country's top player for the first time with a world No 22 ranking after winning a then-personal-high 37 matches, 23 more than the previous season.
    • US Open victory marked his 12th career singles title following wins in Delray Beach (2014), Zagreb (2014), Zagreb (2013), Umag (2012), London/Queen's Club (2012), St. Petersburg (2011), Zagreb (2010), Chennai (2010), Zagreb (2009), Chennai (2009) and New Haven (2008).
    • Path to US Open victory: beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 3-1 (ret) in first round, Illya Marchenko 7-6(2) 6-2 6-4 in second round, Kevin Anderson 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 in third round, Gilles Simon 5-7 7-6(3) 6-4 3-6 6-3 in last 16, Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 7-6(4) in quarter-finals, Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 6-4 in semis and Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 in final. 

    9/8/2014 11:31:36 PM
    RUSEDSKI AMAZED BY MARIN
    Sky Sports' Greg Rusedski gives his thoughts on Marin Cilic's victory against Kei Nishikori.

    He looked so confident and comfortable out there. It was a wonderful performance. He couldn't have played any better in his first major final today. And as he said, that first set was key."

    9/8/2014 11:35:13 PM
    CHAMPION IN NEW YORK ...




    9/8/2014 11:36:50 PM
    [recommend] GOOD NIGHT
    That's it from us from Flushing Meadows for another year. We'll be back blogging live from the Australian Open in January as we do it all again. Bye for now!
    9/8/2014 11:37:52 PM
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