It was the shortest night of my life. As a kid I was dreaming of this Grand Slam victory, in New York my dream came true. Years of hard and strenuous work, doubts and positive emotions.

After winning the match point against Alexander Zverev the entire load came off my shoulders. My first Grand Slam victory! Holding the trophy in an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium almost felt surreal. I can’t describe my emotions, I was dreaming of this all my life.

Actually this was enough reason for a party. However, that party was a small one in New York that evening. After the award ceremony in Flushing Meadows it took us hours to leave the area, we got to the hotel at midnight.
In my hotel suite Nicolas Massú, Alex Stober and Lucas Leitner celebrated my finest hour by enjoying pizza, a chocolate cake and a glass of champagne. It was totally easy going, I spent even more time on my phone. I had long conversations and replied to thousands of messages.

My first Grand Slam title! My greatest moment! It’s to time to say thank you:

To my grandparents, who have been doing everything for my career, to Mom Karin and Dad Wolfgang and brother Moritz – our path has been successful! And not to forget: thanks to a lot of friends and fans around the world – you all played a major part in my first Grand Slam victory.