Congratulations Sultan, you've taken gold after another impressive display, breaking another personal best record along the way. How does it feel?
It feels amazing Gary, I'm over the moon. All my hard work over the past year in particular, has paid off and culminated in these superb results. July has been the best month of my career and I'm now unbeaten since February. When you think about where I was this time last year, it's a great achievement.
How will you be celebrating?
I might treat myself to a stuffed crust on my pizza and some women's beach volleyball but apart from that, I won't be celebrating at all, Gary. I've still a long way to go before I achieve all I want to achieve. I'll be playing the joint event in Washington this week, so no time for taking it easy - straight back to the grind for me.
How do you think your parents felt, watching their son battling away? Can you sum up how difficult it must have been?
I've no idea, I'm not bothered. It's much harder for me than for them.
Have you been talking to Andy Murray?
No, I can't stand the sour-faced dullard. Though I do respect him as a sportsman etc etc.
What about these rumours that you may be turning pro now?
That's all they are Gary, rumours. For now, I'll remain an amateur and keep learning my trade. Although this is my third season, I only have 6 months of consistency with my game. I would like to complete a whole season of consistency before even considering becoming a professional. Ask me again in another 6 months!
You'll be the first to admit that last season was well below par for the standards you set yourself. What do you attribute to your change in fortunes this season?
Hard work, Gary - it's that simple. Hard work along with self belief, positivity and a never-say-die attitude. When I was at my lowest, I always used it as a spur to train harder and find solutions to my problems. I wanted to prove the doubters and the knockers wrong too, particularly an imbecile called Aaron, who I seem to remember calling me a 'fucking moron' in a rant saying I should just give up - classic 'projection psychology'. Yes, this victory feels particularly sweet knowing I've shoved that bile back down his throat. If you don't have the motivation to get through the tough times that this game inevitably brings, you've got no chance of surviving.
So what next for the Sultan?
I never want to get over-confident because I know the damage that can do, so I want to keep my head down and stay solid and professional. I am not 'there' yet and this game can chew you up and spit you out in an instant and when you least expect it. But I am starting to fulfill my potential and there is huge scope to go much, much further.
We are now into the final third of the season, so I've got the US Open Grand Slam to look forward to. I have high hopes of making it my best ever Slam performance. It's a shortened season this year by a couple of weeks, so November is going to be much quieter than previous years. That's not really ideal for me but I suspect I'll be using the extended off-season to maybe get back into football. I think with my new found skills, I should be able to apply them to football with more successful results - watch this space, Gary!
Sultan, thanks for taking the time to talk to the BBC; you are a true gent and a class act.
A little bit arse-licky Gary but yes, yes I am.
NB: I asked in my last post who the tennis playing flag-bearers were at the opening ceremony. Here they are:
Marcos Baghdatis - Cyprus
Novak Djokovic - Serbia
Maria Sharapova - Russia
Agnieszka Radwanska - Poland
Stanislas Wawrinka - Switzerland
Stephanie Vogt - Liechtenstein
and doubles players (which Ionut C pointed out in the comments and I initially forgot about!):
Horacio Tecau - Romania
Max Mirnyi - Belarus