Daniil Medvedev was finally able to celebrate after winning his first Grand Slam at the US Open, and he did so with a video game gesture.
The Russian has previously stated that not celebrating victories is his “thing,” and when he won the season-ending ATP Tour finals last year, the most emotion he displayed was a shrug of the shoulders.
However, after dominating world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-4 at Flushing Meadows on Sunday, the second seed altered his mind.
He jumped and collapsed to the floor after converting his third championship point, a reference to the Fifa video game’s brick fall/dead fish goal celebration.
Medvedev defeated Djokovic with a near-flawless performance, ending the Serb’s bid for a calendar Grand Slam and a men’s record 21st major singles victory.
He later revealed that he came up with the idea for the party while on tour and couldn’t sleep.
He exchanged an embrace with Djokovic at the net after winning his first Slam, then stood with his arms wide, taking in the adulation.
He then returned to his seat to let the moment sink in before asking his support box to keep their own celebrations in check.
Medvedev reached his first Grand Slam final two years ago at Flushing Meadows, where he came back from two sets down to defeat Rafael Nadal in five sets.
Medvedev also paid respect to his wife, Daria, joking that it was a good thing he won the title on his wedding anniversary because he had forgotten to get her a gift.
Without a question, he was the best player in the competition, dropping only one set the entire time and easily defeating Djokovic in the final.
“On whatever surface, he’s a fantastic player.”