Sport often fails to deliver the fairytale ending we all want to see. Tonight was a reminder of that.
Roger Federer, who for the last two decades has been synonymous sporting excellence, brought the curtain down on his 24-year career with a doubles defeat alongside long-time adversary Rafael Nadal as the Team Europe duo fell to Team World's Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
But let's not kid ourselves: the result is largely irrelevant. If tonight was about celebrating one of the all-time greats (or, for many, the GOAT), then it has to be viewed as a resounding success.
Federer said so himself. "It does feel like a celebration to me. I wanted to feel like this at the end and it is exactly what I hoped for so thank you. It has been a perfect journey and I would do it all over again."
We'd love to do it all over again, too, but at least we'll always have the memories.
Thanks for following the live text tonight. If you're not caught up, Jonathan Jurejko was at the O2 Arena to watch Federer's final act unfold.