"Everything I was working for and dreaming about came today," Marin Cilic said after his US Open win.
Cilic, who did not lose a set in his final three matches, said: "I think this is all the hard work in the last several years and especially the last year.
"My team brought something special, especially Goran [Ivanisevic]. The most important of all the things he brought to me was enjoying tennis and always having fun.
"I enjoyed my best tennis over here and played the best tennis of my life."
Marin Cilic crushed Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 ,6-3, 6-3 in the US Open final to become the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title in 13 years.
Cilic's victory was sweet redemption after he had to sit out last year's tournament while serving a four-month doping ban.
Andy Murray suffered his worst grand slam defeat since losing to Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round in New York three years ago.
Speaking at post-match press conference a visibly disappointed Murray said: "I don't think I was playing poorly. I got to the quarter-finals of a slam which isn't easy.
"I would have liked to have played a little bit better but I've had a good run the last couple of years. It's a shame I had to play a bad match today."
Reigning US Open champion Andy Murray crashed out of this year's tournament in the quarter-finals after suffering a defeat in straight sets to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.
The ninth seed beat Britain's number one 6-4 6-3 6-2.
Andy Murray is fighting to stay in the US Open after losing the first two sets of his quarter final match against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.
The defending champion lost the opening two sets 6-4 6-3.
Andy Murray has secured his place in the quarter finals of the US Open after beating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. The final score was: 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-4 6-4.
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has been beaten by Spain's Tommy Robredo in the fourth round of the US Open tournament in New York.
In a stunning upset, Robredo won in straight sets: 7-6(3) 6-3 6-4
British number three seed Dan Evans was knocked out of the US Open today by Spaniard Tommy Robredo, but tweeted following the match in which he lost in four sets.
Be good if I could feel my toes!
Britain's tennis sensation Dan Evans has been beaten by Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the third round of the US Open. Robredo beat Evans 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 4-6 6-5.
British tennis champion Andy Murray has been following new sensation Dan Evans during his third round match at the US Open.
Evo should be so proud whatever happens from now,amazing fighting,great attitude ,looks fresher than trob.. Never though that would happen!