Andy Murray consoled himself after his US Open quarter-final loss to Stanislas Wawrinka on Thursday by examining his recent form.
The defending champion was outplayed by the Swiss, losing 6-4 6-3 6-2 in two hours and 15 minutes.
However, in the last year the Scot has won his first two Grand Slams, including Wimbledon in July, and won an Olympic gold medal, as well as reaching the Australian Open final.
And the 26-year-old star was keen to highlight these achievements after bowing out of the year's final Grand Slam.
"I don't know if I'm meant to win every Grand Slam I play or be in the final," he said.
"It's just very, very difficult just now. With the guys around us, it's very challenging.
"I have played my best tennis in the Slams the last two, three years.
"I lost today in straight sets, so that's disappointing. I would have liked to have gone further but I can't complain.
"If someone told me before the US Open last year I would have been here as defending champion, having won Wimbledon and Olympic gold, I would have taken that 100%.
"So I'm disappointed, but the year as a whole has been a good one."
Murray failed to reach the his best form in this competition and did admit to feeling a comedown after his Wimbledon triumph.
However, he insisted that he came to Flushing Meadows fully prepared to mount a challenge for the title.
"When you work hard for something for a lot of years, it's going to take a bit of time to really fire yourself up and get yourself training 110%," said the British number one.
"That's something that I think is kind of natural after what happened at Wimbledon.
"But I have been here nearly three weeks now. I practised a lot, and played quite a lot of matches as well, so I gave myself a chance to do well because I prepared properly."
Murray will now be available to play for Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Croatia in Umag from the 13-15 September.
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