Juan Martin del Potro broke down in tears of joy after ending a nine-year wait to return to the semi-finals of the French Open.
The Argentine had the world at his feet back in 2009, where he reached the last four at Roland Garros before going on to lift the US Open title, but a cruel string of injuries almost forced him out of the game.
A groin injury had almost forced him out of this years event, but after defeating third seed Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals he will now take on King of Clay Rafael Nadal for a place in the final, while is set to return to a career-high No. 4 in the ATP rankings.
In the aftermath of the 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 6-3 6-4 win over a fellow Grand Slam champion, Del Potro was overwhelmed with emotion.
Well its tough to speak now, he said, clearly fighting back the tears on court.
It has been a long time without a good feeling on my body. I had three surgeries on my left wrist and I was close to quit this sport.
And now I dont have any words to describe this moment. Its so good for me, my team and my family.
On the role of his team during a testing time, he added: It was very important for me to have their support and my family as well, my friends.
Of course, from you guys [the crowd] you make me feel so happy. Im so proud to be here playing my tennis in front of you.
I feel at home here, I feel at home wherever I play. You make me feel so happy so merci beaucoup.
When asked if he was ready for a meeting with Nadal, he responded: Well, its going to be a challenge that every player wants to have.
I dont know if I will win but I will take a big love from you and thats more important to me.