French Open 2018: Marin Cilic says marrying his longtime girlfriend more significant than winning Grand Slam

Marin Cilic may have won the 2014 US Open but he said on Tuesday that winning a Grand Slam pales into significance when compared to his recent wedding day.

AFP May 30, 2018 00:44:47 IST
French Open 2018: Marin Cilic says marrying his longtime girlfriend more significant than winning Grand Slam

Paris: 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.

French Open 2018 Marin Cilic says marrying his longtime girlfriend more significant than winning Grand Slam

Marin Cilic returns a shot during his first round match of the French Open. AP

"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 (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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