Daniil Medvedev channels FIFA’s ‘useless fish’ to have a good time US Open championship

NEW YORK — Proper after Daniil Medvedev realized he had overwhelmed the world No. 1 who was on the cusp of constructing historical past, he fell on the court docket. He performed useless for a second, his eyes closed and his tongue out.

It was an odd celebration, not one we have seen in tennis earlier than. However Medvedev’s followers knew what he was doing.

The world No. 2 males’s tennis participant did a FIFA “useless fish” celebration after beating Novak Djokovic in straight units within the US Open ultimate for his first Grand Slam title.

Through the awards ceremony, he ended his speech by saying: “Solely legends will perceive, however my celebration was L2 + Left.” These are the controls for the “useless fish” celebration on the FIFA online game after a participant scores a aim.

And Medvedev, who is a large fan of enjoying FIFA on PlayStation, had an amazing follow-up rationalization for why he did that celebration on the post-match information convention.

Throughout Wimbledon earlier this yr, when he could not sleep one night time, he began fascinated about what he would do if he gained. He did not have a good time his wins often, and if he gained the title, he thought that might be “boring, as a result of I do this on a regular basis.” So, he determined to make it particular.

“I prefer to play FIFA. I prefer to play PlayStation,” Medvedev mentioned. “It is referred to as the ‘useless fish’ celebration. If you already know your opponent if you play FIFA, many instances you are going to do that. You are going to rating a aim, you are up 5-0, you do that one.”

He mentioned he had a chat with the blokes within the locker room and gauged their curiosity on the thought of doing a useless fish celebration if he gained the US Open title.

“They have been like, ‘That is legendary,'” Medvedev mentioned. “Everyone who I noticed who performs FIFA thinks that is legendary.”

So, he went for it.

“It is not as a result of I wish to be [in] the newspaper, I do not care. However I wished to make it particular for folks to like, for my mates to like who I play FIFA with,” he mentioned. “I acquired damage a bit of bit. It is not straightforward to [fall] on arduous courts.”

“I am blissful I made it legendary for myself,” he mentioned with a smile.

And it was legendary, certainly.

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