The tears flowed as Rafael Nadal sat on the Arthur Ashe Stadium, watching a montage on the giant screen chronicling all 19 of his Grand Slam wins.
He was physically and emotionally shattered, having just needed to produce one of his greatest fights to see off Daniil Medvedev to win an epic US Open final.
Somewhere in Switzerland Roger Federer was giving himself another kick about his failure to take his chances in the Wimbledon final this year, because his lead on the all-time leaderboard of major wins is now hanging by a racket string. Novak Djokovic, the other part of the trinity, was probably looking at an American crowd chanting the name of a Russian, and wondering why he struggles to find a similar place in their affections.
Nadal tries to keep in proportion the battle with his two rivals for who can win the most Grand Slam events, pointing out that coveting what your neighbour has is not the true path to contentment.