Russian stalwart Daniil Medvedev claimed his first-ever Grand Slam title after defeating World No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the US Open 2021. However, the 25-year-old’s on-court celebration (dead fish) after the match has been a piece of discussable news in the tennis world.
World No.2 Medvedev often expresses his love for video games and has spent his spare time playing FIFA, etc. And also, he recently announced his partnership with a leading video game gear manufacturer, hyperx.
As a result, Daniil decided to celebrate his maiden Grand Slam victory as the famous L2 + Left FIFA celebration.
“Only legends will understand. What I did after the match was L2 + left,” Medvedev reflected on his dead fish celebration in the on-court interview.
When asked about his FIFA celebration in the post-match press conference, Medvedev explained, “When I was running through Wimbledon because that’s not the surface — I like grass, but I don’t feel as fluid as on hard courts. I was really confident about my game.”
“I think it was like one night, you know, you cannot fall asleep. Five, ten minutes, you have crazy thoughts, like every other person.”
“I was like, Okay, if I’m going to win Wimbledon, imagine I win it against Novak or whatever. To not celebrate is going to be too boring because I do it all the time. I need to do something, but I want to make it special.”
“It’s Called The Dead Fish Celebration”: Medvedev
The Russian continued, “I like to play FIFA. I like to play PlayStation. It’s called the dead fish celebration. If you know your opponent when you play FIFA, many times you’re going to do this. You’re going to score a goal; you’re up 5-0. You do this one.”
“Yeah, I talked to the guys in the locker. They’re young guys, super chill guys. They play FIFA. They were like, That’s legendary. Everybody I saw who plays FIFA thinks that’s legendary. That’s how I wanted to make it.”
“Again, it’s not because I want to be in the newspaper talking about the FIFA celebration or whatever. I don’t care. But I wanted to make it special for people to love, for my friends to love who I play FIFA with.”
“I knew I was going to make it. I got hurt a little bit. It’s not easy to make it on hard courts. I got hurt a little bit, but I’m happy I made it legendary for myself,” the 2021 US Open champion concluded.
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