Tuesday September 9th, 2014

After ripping through the U.S. Open field to claim his first major, Marin Cilic was finally foiled -- by poor cell service.

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Most of Cilic's family was back in Croatia and he tried to get in touch with them to join in their celebration, but it seems center court was not built with cell phone service in mind. Cilic explained the problem during the post-match press conference.

"Well, the reception wasn't there. I called - I wanted to call my family back home. only my brother, my younger brother was here. He's in college. He just arrived to college to U.S. So he was able to come. And at home was huge celebration. I mean, they were already celebrating after quarterfinal and having huge, huge - fun and huge party. I was just trying to talk with them to say thank you for all the support and for, you know, for everything they did for me."

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Cilic did eventually reach his family from a land line, but they were probably too distracted with their "fun and huge party" to be bothered.

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