Tennis player Daniil Medvedev drew inspiration from one of his favorite video games for his victory celebration over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final in New York City on Sunday night.
In what has to be one of the strangest match-winning reactions ever witnessed in the professional tennis world, the Russian champion performed the odd “dead fish celebration” often associated join with FIFA electronic games.
Familiar with FIFA fans, the unusual celebration involves jumping up, tensing up, and falling to the ground. Like a dead fish (sort of).
Concluding the post-match interview watched by millions around the world, Medvedev commented on his outlandish antics, saying, “In the end, only legends will understand… what I am did after the game was the remaining L2 plus.” Although most people will be confused by the obscure reference, FIFA fans will nod knowingly knowing that “L2 plus left” describes how gamers can perform a dead fish celebration using a PlayStation controller (PlayStation: Press L2 and hold left and right; Xbox: Press LT and hold left and right).
In the following press conference with the world’s media, Medvedev made it clear: “I like to play FIFA. I love playing PlayStation. It’s called the dead fish celebration. If you want to annoy your opponent while you play FIFA, many times you will do this. You score a goal, you lead 5-0, you do this.”
Prime Minister Medvedev said he made the surprise celebration not because it received more media attention, but because he wanted to make the moment special for himself and to entertain friends and people alike. other is watching.
The new US Open champion added that it would have been better if he could do it at Wimbledon in the summer as grass courts would provide a softer landing, but he was out in the ring. Wednesday.
Commenting on his fall on the rather sturdier surface of Arthur Ashe Stadium, Medvedev said, “It’s not easy to do it on hard courts. I hurt a little bit.”