What is Daniil Medvedev's 'L2 plus left' celebration at US Open?

Joshua Rogers September 13, 2021
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Russian Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic in the US Open final on Sunday night. Immediately after the win, the Russian performed a rather unorthodox flop. So, what is Daniil Medvedev’s ‘L2 plus left’ dead fish celebration?

Daniil Medvedev beats Novak Djokovic in US Open final

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev has won his first Grand Slam title after beating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.

No.1 seed Djokovic was bidding to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year.

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However, second seed Medvedev, who has lost his previous two Grand Slam finals appearances, came through in straight sets 6-4 6-4 6-4.

The 25-year-old completely outplayed Djokovic, who remains on 20 Grand Slam titles with rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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Medvedev performs hilarious flop/celebration after victory

After sealing victory, Medvedev performed a rather unusual flop/celebration.

Immediately after winning the match, the Russian flopped to the floor, playing dead with his eyes wide open and tongue out.

It was a particularly bizarre celebration from Medvedev, but one that won’t have gone unnoticed by soccer and FIFA fans.

What is Medvedev’s L2 plus left celebration?

Medvedev’s ‘L2 plus left’ celebration is straight from the popular video game franchise FIFA.

The L2 plus left celebration is better known as the Dead Fish celebration, and can be performed by players after scoring a goal on the game.

Medvedev said: “Only legends will understand, but my celebration was L2 + Left.”

On a standard PlayStation console, if a player press the L2 button plus Left on the D-pad, the Dead Fish celebration will be performed.

Fans react to the L2 plus left flop

After the game, Medvedev further explained the L2 plus left celebration.

“I like to play FIFA. I like to play PlayStation,” Medvedev said.

“If you know your opponent when you play FIFA, many times you’re going to do this. You’re going to score a goal, you’re up 5-0, you do this one.”

“But I wanted to make it special for people to love, for my friends to love who I play FIFA with,” he said. “I got hurt a little bit. It’s not easy to [fall] on hard courts.”

“I’m happy I made it legendary for myself,” he added.

Fans reacted to the celebration on social media and appeared to be loving it.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.