Australian duo Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt battled through a hard fought second round clash at the US Open in New York, with the younger Tomic coming out victorious.
The 34-year-old Aussie legend managed to take Tomic to five sets but was unsuccessful in beating him as the 22-year-old survived a late comeback to 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5.
Growing up, the Stuttgart-born player spent his early idolising Hewitt so he found it extremely tough to close the door on his childhood hero’s final slam of his career.
"It was not going to be easy because I kept thinking about watching his matches in the past, how he got out of them," Tomic told canberratimes.com.au.
"Then I was in the moment, in the position where I was winning and he was starting to get back. It is so difficult playing him. I was very, very nervous [and] it could have gone both ways. He is a huge legend to me. I always looked up to him. It was very emotional.
"In my mind, I thought he won the match. It was very emotional for us. He wished me the best of luck. I'm very good friends with him. For me, it's not easy to see that."
After the winning point, Tomic went straight to the net to console and congratulate the two-grand-slam-winner in an almost apologetic kind of way.
"I said `Why did you have to come back'? I just said 'Why did you have to'? It's too good," added Tomic.
On his second round exit, Hewitt mentioned that he hoped his tenacious attitude of making the Australian number one play a five-setter against an aging player would rub off on him and push him to do better in the future.
"He obviously was well on top and I was able to somehow find a way. That's what I've been renowned for in my career," Hewitt said.
"If I can instil a little bit of that especially into the three promising young guys on the way up, with their games and the weapons they have, then that's just another positive for them."
Meanwhile, Tomic's next opponent is Frenchman Richard Gasquet, the same person he knocked out at Wimbledon in the third round in 2013.
"I spoke to him in the locker room. He was, as well, very tired. He was feeling some problems out there. Everyone is feeling problems," he explained.
"I think my record is 4-1. I beat him in a very important one, which is Wimbledon, third round, 2013. Every match we had in the past was very close. I've learned a lot when I played him. He's an amazing player. He's not easy to play.
"I have to take each match that I played against him and use it for this third-round match."