Andy Murray has endured too much in the three years since his last Grand Slam title, so long ago on that glorious Wimbledon day in 2013.
As if career-threatening back surgery were not enough, he finds himself living in a tennis era featuring a trio of the game's most brilliant exponents. Too many times he has been denied.
In the deciding showdown at Wimbledon 2016, he faced an unfamiliar opponent across the net in the form of Milos Raonic in his Grand Slam final debut. With Raonic came a new threat to Murray's hopes that on the one occasion in 11 Slam finals where his opponent was neither Roger Federer nor Novak Djokovic, he would still be thwarted. That at this, of all times, victory might simply have been someone else's story. But Murray would not permit it. Instead he made himself master of his own destiny, patiently neutralising the thunderous Raonic ace machine and dismantling the Canadian's attack to win 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2).
One point summed up Raonic's day; he delivered a 147mph missile into the Scot's body, of the kind which worked so well in his semi-final against Federer; but Murray handled it and produced a fabulous backhand pass so that Raonic still lost the point.
With Ivan Lendl back in his corner, Murray's calm was rarely ruffled and it was noticeable that at the changeovers he was reading prompt notes in his kitbag. He showed mild irritation with the overlong bathroom break which Raonic took at the end of the second set by commencing the third set with a rare double fault.
Loose play gave Raonic two chances to break for 3-2, but Murray would have none of it. Into the breaker, and the Scot produced his 15th backhand pass for a mini-break at the very first opportunity. After that, it was never in doubt.
Murray took his second Wimbledon title, and his third Grand Slam crown, by forcing one more error from his vanquished opponent. And then he emitted a great roar at the skies.
Murray commented, "I'm going to make sure I enjoy this one" and now you can enjoy his second Wimbledon victory, again and again.
This is the complete coverage of the Wimbledon 2016 Men's Final, including trophy presentation and post-match on court interviews.