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Summary

  1. Croatia's Marin Cilic wins his first Grand Slam title
  2. The 10th seed beats Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium
  3. First time either Federer, Nadal or Djokovic haven't reached a Grand Slam final since 2005
  4. * Denotes next to serve

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By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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And that brings the 2014 Grand Slams to a close. After an up and down year, Serena Williams once more rules the women, but the men have a new sheriff in town.

Wawrinka in Australia, Gulbis in Paris, Kyrgios, Dimitrov and Raonic at Wimbledon.

The times really are a-changin. In New York, Marin Cilic's time is now.

Goodnight.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

On Twitter: Eight different winners of the 2014 Grand Slam singles titles, first time since 1998. Fact.

Arthur Ashe Stadium is emptying, fans wandering out into the New York night. That final took only one hour and 53 minutes. It's not even 7.30 in the evening in NYC. Those expecting it to go long will have to find themselves something else to do.

At 16 in the world, Cilic is the lowest-ranked US Open winner since world number 17 Pete Sampras triumphed in 2002. Overall, he is the lowest-ranked Grand Slam champion since Gaston Gaudio (exactly) won the French Open from 44th.

Cilic has already let go of the trophy and has his bag on his back, signing autographs for fans on the front row. His success tonight completes a 10-year stretch that has seen only eight different Grand Slam champions. He has also lifted himself to fifth on the Race to London. Andy Murray is down in 11th.

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Arthur Hunter: Isn't it slightly random that all 5 sets of the singles finals at the US Open have finished 6-3?

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic
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"I thought this would go down to the wire. Cilic had more power but I wouldn't say he was red hot. Nishikori will be very disappointed with his performance. He has a game to trouble Cilic but did not challenge today."

Marin Cilic
Reuters

There it is. Marin Cilic gets his hands on the US Open trophy for the first time. He kisses the silver and holds it aloft. Chants in the crowd and music over the speakers as he poses in front of photographers. Dream-like moments.

2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic: "I don't know how I did it. It was hard work over the last few years. My team especially Goran has brought something to me. The most important thing he brought was to enjoy my tennis and have fun.

"It has been the best tournament of my life.

"You never know when the nerves will kick in. We were both nervous in the first set. I was lucky to get the break points. Everything I was dreaming for came today.

"This is a big sign if you work hard it will pay off.

Cilic to the microphone. He looks like he could play three more sets. Nearly time for that silver trophy...

Kei Nishikori: "He played really well today, I couldn't play my tennis. I want to congratulate Marin. It's a tough loss, but I'm really happy. I want to thank my team. I'm sorry I couldn't get the trophy today.

"It was a fun two weeks here. I want to to thank everyone who makes this wonderful tournament happen."

Trophy ceremony coming up, the players about to speak.

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

Marin Cilic
Reuters

"These two players are the nicest of guys. Very polite and humble. I'm very pleased for the both of them."

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Fiona: Fantastic! I have been thrilled to watch Cilic several times on outside courts at Wimbledon and have always loved the way he plays. I am so happy for him to win a grand slam, he really deserves it.

The stars and stripes are on court for the presentation, but Cilic has to wait a moment or two before he can get his hands on the trophy and the cheque for $3m. The Croat is also trying to phone someone. "I've won!"

Marin Cilic
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One Republic's Counting Stars plays in New York. Count them, then add one more - Marin Cilic. His smile is as wide as the Hudson River, while Kei Nishikori is on his seat, removing his ankle support. For every first-time winner, there is a first-time final loser.

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Who would have picked Cilic at the beginning of the tournament? But what a performance. The last three matches have been in straight sets: Berdych, Federer and the final. It's an unbelievable performance. It's been done with ice in his veins."

Marin Cilic wins the 2014 US Open

Cilic 6-3 6-3 6-3 Nishikori

Marin Cilic
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The new name on the US Open trophy will be that of Marin Cilic. A backhand winner leaves Kei Nishikori chasing shadows. Cilic, a maiden Grand Slam winner, is on the floor, then climbing to his box for a hug with Goran Ivanisevic. A year ago, Cilic was not allowed to play. Tonight, he is a Grand Slam champion.

*Cilic 6-3 6-3 5-3 40-15 Nishikori

Double fault! A first sign of nerves. Two match points...

*Cilic 6-3 6-3 5-3 40-0 Nishikori

Nishikori backhand long. Three match points. Marin Cilic, this is your time...

*Cilic 6-3 6-3 5-3 30-0 Nishikori

Repeat. Two points needed.

*Cilic 6-3 6-3 5-3 15-0 Nishikori

Unreturned. One down, three to go.

*Cilic 6-3 6-3 5-3 Nishikori

Marin Cilic
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The lights taking effect, but they might not be needed for too long. A Croatian fist pump when Nishikori goes to the net, but a rueful cry when he dumps one of his own. A backhand-forehand combo from Nishikori succeeds, but a backhand from deep is long. 30-30. Pressure. An ace! The patient has a pulse and stays alive when Cilic goes long. Now, though, he will serve for the 2014 US Open.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

"With two first time finalists you know your opponent will get tight. And Nishikori had to take the opportunity when it came to him."

Cilic 6-3 6-3 5-2 Nishikori*

Marin Cilic
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Dependability? Thy name is the Marin Cilic serve. I'm sure I hear someone in the crowd say "this is boring". You're a fool, because this is brilliant. Net-cord, Cilic drops, Nishikori scampers, the lunge just wide. When Cilic lands yet another serve, a backhand down the line sends Nishikori to the point of no return.

*Cilic 6-3 6-3 4-2 Nishikori

Marin Cilic is absolutely nerveless. When serving for the match against Federer, his serve rained down aces. Now, his serve is digging him out of a hole when the US Open title is within touching distance. 40-40. What about the forehand? Not so much. Another break point...

*Cilic 6-3 6-3 4-2 Nishikori

Kei Nishikori
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Hang on, do we have a twist? Twice Cilic's backhand breaks down to bring the crowd to life. 15-30. Another idiot shouts out as the serve comes down. Can someone please throw him out? Now the forehand lets Cilic down. Two break points...

*Cilic 6-3 6-3 4-2 Nishikori

Nishikori goes to the far end and orders a sake from the last-chance saloon. A fool in the crowd shouts as Nishikori serves, but it has little effect as Cilic stretches and fails to get it back. 40-0. Nishikori, strangely re-energised, gets huge whoops as a forehand doesn't come back. He's still fighting. Just.

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Alex Haworth: Massive anticlimax, but at least I won't be too tired at work tomorrow.

Cilic 6-3 6-3 4-1 Nishikori*

Kei Nishikori of Japan hits a return
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Cilic knows that he only has to rely on his trusty serve three more times. Twelve points. It's been broken only once all night, and rarely threatened elsewhere. Again he's banging down the bombs, putting officials in danger as he peppers the back wall. Nishikori is leaping in to the ball so often he could collect air miles, but Cilic is done with a smash.

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Nishikori has just not been able to win the long rallies. He is up against a bigger man hitting the ball harder."

Cilic breaks

*Cilic 6-3 6-3 3-1 Nishikori

Ball game. Marin Cilic breaks in the third at the end of the longest rally of the match. It's wonderful stuff. Forehand exchange, then backhand. In the end, Nishikori breaks down, losing his backhand. Marin Cilic is three games away from the US Open title.

Cilic 6-3 6-3 2-1 Nishikori*

From now on, every Nishikori service game is fraught with danger, the 10th seed knowing that a mistake could spell the end. The handbrake is off with a dancing forehand into open court, complete with fist pump, but energy levels look low when Cilic finds range with a forehand of his own. 15-30. Now Nishikori is inexplicably into the net. Two break points...

Cilic 6-3 6-3 2-1 Nishikori*

Marin Cilic
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Cilic with his back to us, wiping his brow on his sleeve before tossing the ball into the New York evening. Bounce, belt, repeat. In a rare occurrence of Nishikori stepping up into the baseline, Cilic is floundering, but a wonderful drop leaves the Japanese stranded at the net. 40-15. An ace completes it. One step closer to glory.

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Paul Sawyer: Nishikori looking a little dead on his feet now, would be a hell of a come back if he can get back into this.

*Cilic 6-3 6-3 1-1 Nishikori

Nishikori blows on his fingers like a man selecting a bowling ball. Slicey dicey, but a leaping backhand is sent to the net. 40-40. Oh that's good, a first ace of the final has Cilic groping in the dark. Now Nishikori finally bosses a point, sending Cilic all over the baseline before the Croat surrenders. Noise levels cranked up in NYC.

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

Kei Nishikori
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"Nishikori's trying everything but he can't put anything together. Sometimes the harder you try it does not drop in. You can't pull three or four rallies in."

Cilic 6-3 6-3 1-0 Nishikori*

Every Cilic point is greeted with disappointed "aaahs" in the crowd. Every Nishikori point comes with whoops of delight. Those late-comers want more tennis. Twice Cilic goes to the big first serve to finally complete a hold. Pressure on Nishikori now. One more break could be terminal.