Andy Murray buried his head in his hands and sobbed into his towel after scooping his second Wimbledon title – the second Scottish Wimbledon victory in one day.
Murray’s historic win came just hours after Gordon Reid took the Wimbledon men’s wheelchair singles title, beating Sweden’s Stefan Olsson. Reid also won the men’s wheelchair doubles on Saturday.
With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watching from the Royal Box, Murray pointed at the sky in delight before throwing his racket into a jubilant crowd as he claimed his third Grand Slam victory.
As he won in straight sets over Canadian Milos Raonic, the Centre Court crowd rattled the rafters with a roar of appreciation for their hero, standing together to cheer and applaud his brilliance.
Murray seemed overcome by emotion as the enormity of his achievement dawned on him.
In his box, his wife Kim and mother Judy screamed with joy, while his coaching team hugged each other in delight.
As the crowd chanted “Let’s go Andy, let’s go”, he continued to wipe away tears.
The crowds had witnessed an angry outburst partway through the match as Murray swore at his support staff – apparently after his coach, Ivan Lendl, got up and left the court to take a toilet break immediately after Murray won a crucial point.
But last night, the Dunblane-born star was all smiles when he posted a picture on social media of himself clutching the Wimbledon trophy while in the traditional post-match ice bath, saying: “Holding this bad boy makes the ice bath that little bit more bearable.”
After the match, the Duke and Duchess congratulated Murray as he clutched the gilded trophy to his chest.
The couple asked him about his baby daughter Sophia, in an exchange caught by TV cameras, and Murray said she had slept through the night for the previous three nights.
Prince William ventured that it had been “a good omen”.
He then went out on to the club balcony, where a cheering crowd of waiting tennis fans saw the triumphant Scot hold the trophy aloft for them.
After being presented with the trophy, Murray said he was “proud” to get his hands on it again after tough losses on Centre Court in the past.
He commended Raonic and his team on a well-fought campaign and apologised to them for his victory, saying: “Sorry about today, great job.” His voice trembled as he paid tribute to his family, saying, “I love all of you, thank you.”
Asked by BBC presenter Sue Barker if he was going to enjoy the victory more than in 2013, he said: “Yeah, I am going to make sure I do.
“Last time I was so relieved – I was very nervous today as well – but just so much stress and pressure I didn’t really get the chance to enjoy it.
“I will make sure I enjoy this one tonight, for sure.”
Murray thanked the crowd, saying it was a pleasure to play in front of a Royal Box full of former stars of the game.
But there were boos when he mentioned Prime Minister David Cameron, who was also watching with his mother, Mary.
Murray then said: “I think playing a Wimbledon final’s tough, I certainly wouldn’t like being prime minister, it’s an impossible job.”
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson congratulated Murray with a photo of herself and fiancee Jen Wilson pulling an impression of Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl. The coach is famous for retaining an unmoved expression throughout Murray’s highs and lows in a match.
Ms Davidson wrote: “Get in, my son!!!! Our #Lendl Faces are overcome with emotion at Chateau Wilson-Davidson. What a win! Well done Andy.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who was in the crowd with her husband, Peter Murrell, tweeted a photo of Murray and the message “CHAMPION!”