The lockdown was hard but the final result was surprisingly easy for Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram, who became the first players at the Australian Open to spend two weeks in quarantine and take home a trophy.
The duo made short work of home pairing Samantha Stosur and Matthew Ebden to collect the mixed doubles title at Melbourne Park.
The Czech-American combination added to their 2019 victory with a 6-1 6-4 win in one hour, while for Krejcikova it was a title three-peat after she also won the mixed last year with Croatian Nikola Mektic.
But this one will be so much sweeter given that Krejcikova and Ram were among the 72 players to be confined to their rooms for the lead-up.
The pair called each other regularly during the hard lockdown, Ram describing Australia as having done the right thing, as difficult as it was for the players.
From there, he said, it was just a matter of not training too hard and playing each match on its merits.
"I'm 36. I played tennis for 34 years, I'm not going to forget how to do it in 14 days," he said.
"It was just a matter of trying to make sure that physically and mentally you feel like you're in the right spot.
"And thinking about winning a tournament is way far away, just (think) what are you going to do day by day."
Krejcikova, who lost the women's doubles final with Katerina Siniakova to Aryna Sabalenka and Elise Mertens, said she just tried to block everything else out once she got back to playing tennis.
"Do your best, no matter what," she said.
Signs weren't good for the Australians when Ebden and Stosur were broken in their opening service games as Krejcikova and Ram comfortably held onto their own to set up a 4-0 lead.
Another break and hold by the visitors set up the first set after just 22 minutes.
The second set was much tighter.
The Australians went toe-to-toe with the more experienced team, staying on serve until 4-5.
But a loose service game from Ebden was enough to seal the trophy for Krejcikova and Ram, the Australian shooting a forehand wide after a long rally on match point.
Still, it was an excellent tournament for the local pairing who had each won mixed slams but hadn't played together before the Open.
Ram will get the chance to claim another trophy when he teams up with Joe Salisbury on Sunday as they attempt to defend the men's doubles title against Filip Polasek and Ivan Dodig.