Andy Murray has capped an astonishing year by finally clinching his first Grand Slam title - a month after being crowned Olympic champion - to become the first British man to win a tennis Grand Slam for 76 years
The new world number three looked to have thrown it away after conceding a two-set lead against Novak Djokovic in the US Open final but powered his way back into the match to win the fifth set and triumph 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2.
Murray dropped to his haunches and held his head in his hands as the enormity of his achievement began to dawn on him. After Djokovic graciously congratulated the victor, Murray finally accepted his first Grand Slam trophy, kissing the silverware and lifting it to the sky.
For his fans his victory meant elation - and for Murray delight as well as relief at winning a grand slam final at the fifth attempt. For Britons it meant their 76-year wait for a male tennis grand slam winner was finally over - the last British man to achieve that feat was Fred Perry at the US Open in 1936.
In Murray's home town of Dunblane, fans erupted into chants of "There's only one Andy Murray" at the packed Dunblane Hotel.
In New York, Murray said: "Right now, there's a lot of relief and I'm still buzzing a bit from the match - the atmosphere out there was unbelievable. It would have been a tough one to lose, so I'm so, so happy I managed to pull though in the end. The body's hurting a bit but it was worth it."
Later, speaking in the city's Central Park, he told Sky News: "It's been an unbelievable few months, with the Olympics and Paralympics, amazing support, it makes a huge difference to how everyone performs, so thank you.
Tributes to Murray's achievements have flooded in. Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated Murray on micro-blogging site Twitter. He tweeted: "Delighted Andy Murray is continuing a golden summer of sport by winning the US Open. A truly great victory."
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond predicted more titles would follow. He said: "Now Olympic and US Open champion, Andy truly is a Scottish sporting legend and I'm certain that more Grand Slam titles will follow."
Labour MP Anas Sarwar called for Murray to receive a knighthood in recognition of his US Open win, and has tabled an Early Day Motion in Westminster. "This is an historic achievement for Andy and for Scottish and British tennis," he said. "It is only right and proper that his achievements are recognised and I can think of nothing better than 'arise Sir Andy'."