At the fifth time of asking and in the most dramatic way possible, Andy Murray became a Grand Slam champion.
After winning the first two sets of the US Open final against Novak Djokovic, it looked like another chance was slipping through the Scot's fingers when the 2011 champion forced a decider but Murray came through 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2.
In a twist of fate, Murray's victory came 79 years to the day since Fred Perry won his first grand slam title at the US Open and ended Britain's 76-year wait for a men's singles grand slam champion.
The 25-year-old showed defensive skills worthy of his opponent, whipping up the crowd into a frenzy.
The last set was torture for both players' supporters, but some brilliant serving from Murray gave him breathing space, and then suddenly he was a game away.
Djokovic made his opponent wait for the biggest service game of his life as he received treatment to his right thigh, drawing boos from the crowd who clearly felt it was unsporting.
But Murray gave the best response, setting up three championship points and taking the second when Djokovic drilled a forehand long.
After four hours and 54 minutes, Murray had done it, sinking to his knees in delight, disbelief and sheer exhaustion as his family and friends hugged each other and cried.
Moments after Murray's glorious win at New York's Flushing Meadows there was a moment of panic for the 25-year-old when he was unable to find his watch by sponsors Rado ahead of the trophy presentation.
He was seen grimacing and removing his shoes before hobbling over to girlfriend Kim Sears and shouting up at the box: "Do you have the watch?"
Fortunately for the Scot, Sears knew exactly where the watch, reportedly a Rado D-Star Automatic Chronograph worth £2,580, was - in his bag on the court.
She seemed more concerned about why Murray was wandering around the court in his socks though, asking him twice: "Where are your shoes?"