Roger Federer produced a tennis masterclass to claim his first Grand Slam title with a demolition of Mark Philippoussis.
Federer put in a near faultless display as he won 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 7-6 (7/3), and dispelled any doubts about his ability to perform on the big stage.
The 21-year-old had failed to get past the quarter-finals at any previous Grand Slam, but here he held his nerve until breaking down in tears after he had clinched victory.
Unseeded Philippoussis was hoping for a fairytale triumph after being told two years ago that he may never play tennis again when a serious knee injury left him in a wheelchair.
But Federer was able to nullify the Australian's massive serve with brilliant returning, and was completely dominant on his own serve.
Federer took a tight first set on a tie-break, but then unleashed his full array of shots as he claimed a straight-sets win.
The first set came down to the finest of margins - both players were dominant on serve, and neither could manufacture a break-point.
Inevitably it came down to a tie-break and it turned on a single point.
After sharing mini-breaks at the start of the breaker, the pair traded blows on serve until 4-4 when Philippoussis just missed a forehand chance down the line that would have given him the advantage.
And on the next point the Australian double-faulted allowing the fourth seed to serve out to claim the breaker 7-5.
As in the semi-final against Andy Roddick, Federer then opened up after taking a tight first-set tie-break.
Two glorious forehand cross-court winners gave the Swiss the first break-points of the match in the opening game of the second set, and when Philippoussis dumped a volley in the net Federer had the breakthrough.
Federer's hot streak continued, and some more inspired play gave him a second break in similar circumstances to open up a 4-0 lead.
From there he took the second set 6-2 to open up a two-set lead.
Philippoussis had come from two sets down to beat Alexander Popp in the quarter-finals, and had also come from behind to knock out world number one Andre Agassi in five sets one round earlier.
But despite lifting his level and forcing another tie-break, he was unable to reproduce that magic as Federer maintained his brilliance.
The Swiss missed two virtual match-points as Philippoussis served at 5-5 and 15-40.
But he opened up a 6-1 lead in the tie-break and, despite the Australian saving two match-points, Federer completed what promises to be the first of many Grand Slam victories.