Daniil Medvedev reacts to US Open win over Novak Djokovic
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Daniil Medvedev has revealed he received in-game gifts from EA Sports after recreating a famous FIFA celebration after winning the US Open. The 25-year-old won his maiden Grand Slam title by beating world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the final last month, and told the crowd that only “legends” would understand his unique reaction to capturing the title.
Medvedev stopped Djokovic from completing the Calendar Grand Slam and winning a record 21st Major at the US Open, when he secured a 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory over the Serb in the final.
It was the world No.2’s first Grand Slam title after two previous attempts, having come back from two-sets-down against Rafael Nadal in the 2019 US Open final before losing in five, and suffering a straight-sets defeat by Djokovic in Australia at the start of 2021.
The Russian was able to get revenge against the top seed this time, needing just three sets to dispatch Djokovic and claim Grand Slam glory, and he dropped to the floor on his side after winning the final point as he relished his victory.
The hilarious reaction had many comparing the 25-year-old to a flopping fish or a brick, and Medvedev then dropped one final line during his victory speech that left many knowing exactly what inspired the unique celebration, saying: “Only legends understand what I did after the match: L2 + Left.”
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The new US Open champion then elaborated in his post-match press conference, saying: “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 who I saw who plays FIFA thinks that’s legendary. That’s how I wanted to make it.”
Medvedev, who is the top seed in Indian Wells – his first official event after a maiden Major title – has now revealed that his celebration caught the attention of EA Sports, who treated him to some freebies following the move.
“Yeah they actually did send me a few codes for me and my friends to have on FIFA so I gave it to all my friends that played but no Ultimate Team players,” he laughed.
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“So I actually, I’m not going to say how because I don’t take [my] PlayStation with me but I played like two or three games but I don’t have a team yet so hopefully they can give me some players, would be fun.”
The Russian has now cemented himself as a firm contender for any title on tour, and will be a favourite for next year’s Australian Open.
There have been talks of players requiring the COVID vaccine to enter the 2022 tournament in Melbourne and, while Medvedev did not want to disclose his vaccination status, he was happy to comply with the regulations.
When asked if he would travel to Melbourne if players needed to be vaccinated before completing a two-week quarantine, the world No.2: “I definitely want to play [the] Australian Open, so yes.”
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The 25-year-old was also happy to explain what stopped him from discussing his medical records.
“I said it [a] few times so I don’t have problems to say it again,” he said.
“But I understand why people can ask me but I don’t talk about my medical because, I can explain it again, I’ve had a lot of injuries in my career, some of them minor, some of them bigger.
“People don’t know about it and that’s how I protect myself from the competition against other players. So of course some of the questions maybe I should answer but again, I want to keep my medical private for me and my family, and that’s why.”
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