When the russian Daniil Medvedev saw that Novak Djokovic returned his serve directly to the net, at the final point to get the US Open, his unusual celebration immediately captured the attention of the attendees and thousands who followed the broadcast of the game: it was an epic tribute to video games.
“Only the legends will understand, but my celebration was L2 ++ Left“, said the Russian tennis player after having lifted his first Grand Slam.
His coach, Gilles Cervara, who took the trophy for Best Coach, was the one who revealed the mystery behind the unconventional celebration. “I didn’t know what it was about, but later, still on the court, I said to him: ‘What was that?’ And he answered, ‘Nothing, FIFA‘”It was really, really fun.”
So it was that Daniil Medvedev avoided traditional celebrations like clenching your fists and jumping for joy to adopt a characteristic of the FIFA saga, the famous soccer video game on consoles and PC.
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev laying on the main court of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center stadium in New York. Photo: AFP.
“One night at Wimbledon I couldn’t fall asleep. And I had crazy thoughts, just like anyone else. I thought, okay, if I’m going to win Wimbledon, imagine I win it against Novak or whatever, not celebrating 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“he thought about it.
“I like to play FIFA, on the PlayStation. It’s called the ‘dead fish’ celebration. If you know your opponent when you play, many times you do. You’re going to score a goal, you’re up 5-0, and it comes out, “he continued.
“I spoke with the teammates, they are young boys, super calm. They play FIFA. And they told me, that is legendary. Everyone I saw who play FIFA thinks that is legendary. This is how I wanted to do it,” said the Russian tennis player .
Over the past few years, the FIFA video game introduced various ways to celebrate goals. The player can choose between a wide catalog of celebrations just by performing a combination of joystick buttons, in much the same way as in a fighting game.
The Dead Fish celebration from the FIFA video game. Photo: capture.
One of them is the “Dead Fish” (Dead Fish), also known as the “Brick Fall”, which is done by holding L2 ++ by pushing the right stick of the PlayStation joystick to the left, which is exactly what Medvedev did.
As expected, his celebration to celebrate his first Grand Slam title at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center aroused diverse opinions: “It’s not because I want to be in the newspapers talking about the celebration, FIFA or whatever. No I care. But I wanted it to be special for the people I love, for my friends that I adore and with whom I play FIFA. He knew he was going to make it. I hurt myself a little, not easy to do it on hard courts, but I am happy to have done it and that it is something legendary mine, “he concluded.
The next FIFA 22 game will be available on October 1 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and PC.