Daniil Medvedev has revealed that his peculiar celebration after beating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final was inspired by the FIFA video game.
The 25-year-old saw off the world No.1 in a thrilling straight-sets victory to claim the first major title of his career.
After his match-winning point, the Russian dropped his racquet and flopped to the floor before laying motionless for a few moments.
And Medvedev said that he wanted to make the moment special for his friends who he plays video games with.
When asked about his celebration, Medvedev replied: ‘Yeah, I can explain it. 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.
‘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.
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‘Again, it’s not because I want to be on the newspaper talking about 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’m 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.’
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