Paris - Marin Cilic may have won the 2014 US Open but the giant Croatian said
on 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,"
"It's very different to being on a tennis court."
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.
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.
Results from day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):
Denis Shapovalov (CAN x24) bt John Millman (AUS) 7-5, 6-4, 6-2
Maximilian Marterer (GER) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-1, 6-3, 7-5
Kevin Anderson (RSA x6) bt Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
Marin Cilic (CRO x3) bt James Duckworth (AUS) 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4)
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 6-1, 6-3, 6-0
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-4, 6-3
Fiona Ferro (FRA) bt Carina Witthoeft (GER) 6-4, 6-2
Samantha Stosur (AUS) bt Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 6-2, 6-4