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Medvedev explains 'dead fish' celebration after beating Djokovic in US Open

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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