On Sunday afternoon, Daniel Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2021 US Open Men’s Singles Championship. This victory has historical significance in two senses: Medvedev won the first Grand Slam championship of his career, and Djokovic’s battle for history was destroyed in the process.
Djokovic won 27 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments and entered the finals. He only needs to do one more to become the first since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open) in the same year, which is the so-called The grand slam over the years.
Medvedev’s defeat also gave Djokovic no chance (at least this season) to surpass his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to create a record of Grand Slam singles titles. Now, Djokovic will still be tied with his “Big Three” rivals at the end of this tennis season, each of whom has won 20 Grand Slam titles.
The 25-year-old Medvedev fell to the ground after winning the championship points. Shock? incredible? Well, yes, but obviously more than that.
This is not exactly the same as the iconic “down to the ground” celebrations many tennis players have done after winning. It’s a little different. Medvedev explained his celebration at the award ceremony after the game.
“Only legends can understand,” Medvedev prefaced. “What I did after the game was L2 + Left. Thank you.”
Medvedev seems to be referring to his flop celebrations coming out of FIFA video games. If a FIFA player presses the two buttons (L2 and the left) on the PlayStation controller, it will result in exactly the same celebration as Medvedev did after winning. Therefore, Medvedev must also appreciate the action of FIFA in his free time. You have to wonder how long he waited to copy this FIFA goal celebration into his reality celebration once he won his first Grand Slam title.