Love and marriage trump Grand Slam title for Cilic
Paris (AFP) –
Marin Cilic may have won the 2014 US Open but the giant Croatian said Tuesday that winning a Grand Slam pales into significance when compared to his recent wedding day.
The affable 29-year-old married longtime girlfriend Kristina Milovic, an interior designer, in Dubrovnik four weeks ago and he insisted nothing can top that day.
"We had a wonderful day with family and friends. Kristina and I have been together for a long time and to find someone like her is very special," said Cilic.
"It's very different to being on a tennis court."
Third seed Cilic was speaking after reaching the French Open second round on Tuesday with a 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) win over Australia's James Duckworth.
Cilic, the Wimbledon and Australian Open runner-up, will face Polish qualifier Hubert Hurkacz for a place in the third round.
Cilic, who made the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last year, fired 47 winners and 13 aces past the 1,072th-ranked Duckworth who was playing his first match since the 2017 Australian Open.
Since that time, the 26-year-old has been battling a foot injury which required surgery in January 2017.
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