“L2 + Left”- US Open Champion Daniil Medvedev Emulates FIFA Celebration After Stopping Novak Djokovic’s Calendar Grand Slam

Published 09/13/2021, 5:42 AM 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


It was upset season in the Tennis world yesterday as World Number 1 Novak Djokovic was defeated in the final of the US Open by Daniil Medvedev. The Russian star denied Djokovic from winning his 21st Grand Slam, and also first Calendar Slam. He also took revenge for his Australian Open final loss by winning the match 6-4 6-4 6-4.

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Following the match, an emphatic Medvedev expressed his joy with one of the weirdest celebrations that Tennis fans have ever seen. Many couldn’t comprehend what he was doing. However, he later explained that fans of another might have known what he was doing.

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Daniil Medvedev pulls out the Dead Celebration from FIFA

Daniil Medvedev was on fire against Novak Djokovic yesterday en route to his first career Grand Slam. After scoring the all-important Championship point, flopped on the ground and stayed there for a while. He later stood up and hugged his Serbian opponent after a thrilling three set final at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Medvedev explains his now iconic celebration

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During the post-match interview, Daniil Medvedev was asked about his now iconic celebration following the US Open Final. He responded to the query by stating that he pulled off an ‘L2+Left’ move. This was in clear reference to the controls used to do the Dead Fish celebration move on the hit football video game series, EA Sports FIFA.

“Only legends will understand what I did after the match is L2+Left.”

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) talks with Daniil Medvedev of Russia (R) during the trophy presentation after their match 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: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

In the end, the celebration capped off a fairy tale run for the World Number en route to his first career Grand Slam. The Russian player is one of the sport’s brightest talents, and it looks like this won’t be the last FIFA celebration, we will see from him.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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