Within a few seconds of his 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over old rival Stan Wawrinka, Murray was burying his face in a towel to hide the tears.
A couple of minutes later, he was holding the European Open trophy a stylized sculpture of a serving tennis player which, for some reason, has no head.
The amazing thing is that, until very recently, Murray had no functioning right hip. Which is how the Australian Open came to a commission that infamous the “Farewell Andy” video in January?
The British doubles specialist, Joe Salisbury put it on Sunday, “Everyone thought he was going to be retired at the start of the year.”
It is less than seven months since Murray returned to a tennis court with his new metal hip, gingerly patting a ball against a practice wall in his home village of Oxshott.
Around four months since he abruptly announced that he would be playing doubles at Queen’s. And less than two months since he went to Mallorca for a second-tier singles tournament where he was comfortably beaten by Matteo Viola, the world No 240.
Sunday’s win was a fine comeback on its own terms, given that Wawrinka dominated the first 90 minutes and stood within five points of a straight-sets victory. But it is the bigger picture that most of us are boggling at.
Having only played 28 top-tier matches in the last two seasons, Murray had no right to string together five wins in six days especially when he came into the tournament with a grumbling right elbow that limited his effectiveness on serve throughout.
Both the quarter-final and semi-final had also gone to a deciding set, which left him short of explosiveness on Sunday.
Later, as Murray addressed the contest itself in the interview room, he sounded almost bemused by his own achievement. I don’t know if that showed in terms of the way that I played until the end of the second set.