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U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic is ready to lower the boom at Indian Wells
U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic is ready to lower the boom at Indian Wells

Last year's U.S. Open men's tennis title was won by a tall, lanky Croatian with a heavy beard and friendly, slightly goofy smile. This Croat star could make a tennis ball crack a windshield. When he met the media, he smiled a lot, pretended to hate it and loved every minute of it. And no, Goran Ivanisevic had not made a triumphant return to Flushing Meadows. His clone had. Meet Marin Cilic, 26 years old, 6 feet 6, darkly handsome with a smile that lights up the room. Five minutes over a cup of coffee with him and you want to make a bet on Wimbledon or introduce him to your daughter. When Cilic won last year's U.S. Open, he was about as well known as In-N-Out Burger...

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