Cilic ends Murray's hot run, bags 1st Masters title
FORMER United States Open champ Marin Cilic snapped Andy Murray's 22-match winning run on Sunday to claim his first ATP Masters 1000 title with a 6-4, 7-5 triumph at the Cincinnati tournament.
The 94-minute victory for the 27-year-old Croatian marked a career breakthrough as he earned his first Masters title on his 71st career attempt.
"I look forward to the US Open in a couple of weeks," said Cilic who accomplished the feat on little rest.
He did not leave the court after his semi-final win over Grigor Dimitrov until 2am on Sunday due to rain delays.
Olympic silver medallist Angelique Kerber lost to Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-1 in the women's final of the joint WTA-ATP tournament.
The defeat ended her chances of replacing Serena Williams as the No. 1 ranked player in the world.
It was the German's second defeat in a final in just over a week after losing to Monica Puig in the gold-medal Rio match.
Murray has been on a tear this season, winning grass titles at Queen's and Wimbledon before triumphing a week ago over Juan Martin del Potro at the Olympic final.
But the accumulation of tennis finally proved to be too much for the Scot, who played his 14th match in 15 days dating back to the Games.