WATCH: Young Fan’s Adorable Imitation of Daniil Medvedev’s FIFA Celebration at US Open 2021

Published 10/01/2021, 12:32 PM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates with the championship trophy after his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


When Daniil Medvedev entered the Arthur Ashe stadium to play his second US Open final against World No.1 Novak Djokovic, it was obvious that the crowd were rooting for the latter to win the title and script history right in front of them. But, the Russian didn’t flinch, never got overwhelmed by Djokovic’s game and went on to win his first-ever major title in New York.

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Daniil Medvedev notched up a memorable victory against Novak Djokovic at the US Open final

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Even though the result was disappointing for the Arthur Ashe crowd, it’s safe to say that Medvedev was one of the few top players who was deserving of a slam, considering his performances on hard-courts over the past few years.

Towards the end of the final where Djokovic was displaying emotions after seeing the overwhelming support from the crowd, the Russian had to work a bit more to close out the match. Eventually, when he won, Medvedev did a unique celebration which wasn’t clear too many people initially.

Later, the Russian explained that it was called ‘dead fish’ celebration used by fans while playing FIFA on PlayStation. The celebration was clearly unique as it not only revealed Medvedev’s love for FIFA and his diversifying personality on-court.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia reacts after winning a point against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada (not pictured) on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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Even at the US Open 2019, the World No.2 player had different issues with the crowd as there were instances where fans lent their support to Medvedev’s opponent. In response, the Russian said that the lack of support only worked in his favor as it pushed him beyond the limits to destroy the crowd favorite.

Medvedev’s post-match celebration was copied by a little fan

Medvedev, who ended up losing to Rafael Nadal in the final, finally got a warm embrace from the crowd during his post-match speech. At New York this year, the attention was all on Djokovic as there was little support for the Russian.

After Medvedev’s unique celebration, there was a little fan who appeared to be in awe of his celebration and was copying it during playtime. When asked about what it meant, the kid adorably said, “A Medevedev”. 

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Medvedev was clearly impressed with the kid as he tweeted, “This is amazing…..”a Medvedev””.

Surely, with his game and with his unique celebratory move, the Russian is gaining the love of fans across ages as he aims for the year end World No.1 spot. Even though it is a herculean task to accomplish, Medvedev will benefit from Djokovic’s absence at the upcoming Indian Wells event.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 8, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Even without Djokovic, the Russian will face stiff competition from peers like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, and Andrey Rublev as they look to gain as many points as possible before the year-end championships at Turin.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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