He had just become the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles tennis title for 76 years, having battled for almost five hours to defeat one of the world's great players.
But when Andy Murray made his way towards his family, friends and supporters after clinching victory in the US Open final, he wasn't looking for a hug. He was looking for his watch.
On-court microphones caught the British number one saying 'I don't have it, I don't have it' as he pointed at his wrist after the gruelling match.
Limping in pain, he called out from the court to his girlfriend Kim Sears, who was wearing an expensive-looking timepiece herself: 'Have you got my watch? I don't have my watch.'
Murray's anxiety may have had something to do with the fact that, only three months ago, he was announced as an ambassador for watchmakers Rado - a sponsorship deal reportedly worth a seven-figure sum.
Luckily for the tennis star, the watch - a Rado D-Star Automatic Chronograph worth £2,580 - was found in time for him to wear it as he received the trophy.
Murray beat the defending champion Novak Djokovic to crown a golden summer of sport for Britain.
After winning gold at the London Olympics, the 25-year-old Scot beat Djokovic, from Serbia, in five thrilling sets.
Murray won the first set 7-6 on a tie break before he added the second 7-5. But then Djokovic roared back to win the third 2-6 and the fourth 3-6. Murray then recovered to win the final set 6-2.
Murray, who is seven days older than his opponent, becomes the first male British Grand Slam winner since Fred Perry won the same event at Forest Hills in 1936./dailymail.co.uk/