Tennis News: Daniil Medvedev made history by defeating Novak Djokovic in the finals of the US Open Men’s Singles. The second-seeded Russian fought to the bitter finish to defeat the world number one in straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-4) and thwart his bid to capture a record-tying 21st major. Djokovic would have become only the second man to win a calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969 if he had won the final on Sunday. Unfortunately, it did not turn out the way the Serbian had hoped.
In the post-match press conference, the 20-time Grand Slam champion expressed his relief at the match’s conclusion. “I was really relieved that the chase was finally done. At the same time, I was upset, disappointed, and grateful for the fans and the beautiful experience they had created for me on the court,” he explained. The Serbian tennis star’s despair could be seen on his face as he narrowly missed setting a new record.
Here’s the heartbreaking scene:
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Medvedev brings up the ‘dead fish’ party
While Djokovic was filled with sadness and disappointment, Daniil Medvedev was having the time of his life. He’d just beaten someone he considers to be the best tennis player in the world, and he was ecstatic. He was overjoyed by his success and made it even more memorable by throwing a one-of-a-kind party. After defeating Djokovic, the world number two, who is a big FIFA fan, did the “dead fish” celebration. He collapsed on the court and pretended to be dead for a second, eyes closed and tongue out.
When queried about the bizarre festival, he stated it could only be explained by stories. “Only legends would understand,” he added, “but my celebration was L2 + Left.” Medvedev went on to say that he didn’t want to have a “boring” celebration, so he came up with this concept after talking to the “men in the locker room.” “They said, ‘That’s legendary.'” “Every FIFA player I’ve seen thinks that’s amazing,” he remarked.
Take a peek at his one-of-a-kind celebration:
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Medvedev, who is 25 years old, is the third Russian to win a major championship. With his 1996 French Open victory, Yevgeny Kafelnikov became the first Russian to accomplish the honour. He won another three years later in the Australian Open in 1999. Marat Safin won the US Open in 2000 and the Australian Open in 2005 after Kafelnikov.
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