Big congratulations are to ensure that Daniil Medvedev, who earlier immediately not solely did the world a service by defeating Novak Djokovic, however in doing so someway discovered a solution to slip a tribute to, of all issues, EA Sports’ FIFA sequence into his celebrations.
As you possibly can see right here, after clinching the match Medvedev eschews conventional celebratory stuff like pumping his fists and leaping for pleasure in favour of…dropping lifeless.
He’s in all probability very drained, however nonetheless, that’s bizarre! Less bizarre although if you let him try to elucidate himself to the 99% of viewers who would do not know what he was doing, when in his post-game interview he says “Only legends will perceive what I did after the match is L2 + left”.
Since that doesn’t really clarify shit, although, permit me to elaborate when you haven’t performed FIFA just lately. For the previous couple of years, if you’ve scored a aim, you’ve been ready to select from your personal celebrations, in roughly the identical manner you’d have the ability to throw some punches in a preventing sport. There are some button presses out there for fundamental or trademark celebrations, certain, however as Medvedev is discussing right here, there are additionally particular celebrations out there in sure circumstances or after ensuring button presses.
One of these is the “Dead Fish”, often known as the “Brick Fall”, carried out by holding L2 + pushing left on the correct thumbstick, which is what Medvedev was doing when dropping to the courtroom.
The comedic worth of FIFA’s celebration (and its real-life counterpart) is all within the looping drop, so Medvedev’s sluggish climb to the floor of the courtroom doesn’t fairly have the identical impact. Then once more, the US Open is performed on onerous courtroom, so it’s higher for all of us than “US Open Champion Dislocates Shoulder In Victory Celebration”.
Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked participant, was on a quest to develop into the primary male participant in 52 years to seize a Calendar Grand Slam, which is profitable all 4 main titles (themselves known as “Grand Slam titles”) in a single yr.