Daniil Medvedev can be considered the 'King of Celebrations' on the ATP Tour and he proved it once again at the 2023 Italian Open.
During his successful career, the Russian had a chance to show his creativity quite a few times. He did that with numerous celebrations, but once he also had to see his opponent celebrate in an untraditional way.
After Stefanos Tsitsipas beat him at the 2022 Cincinnati Masters, he celebrated in a unique way as he danced on the tennis court. It's not a secret that the two share quite a unique rivalry and so the response didn't wait a long time.
They met once again at the 2023 Italian Open in Rome, and this time, Medvedev was the better player, winning in straight sets to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final on clay. After the match, he celebrated with a funny dance and it immediately stole the show.
"Yeah, you know, I don't dance a lot after I win, but sometimes it happens. I was just really happy with the win."
After the match he was asked about the dance in relation to his opponent's celebration in Cincinnati, and Medvedev was in a really good mood, saying that he does things like that to create some memories that he can later look back on.
"This dance, when I saw it, they showed me, I saw it on one TV like almost straight after. I was like, This looks ridiculous. But when I'm going to see it in a year or maybe in a month, I'm going to be like, That's memories. That's memories. That's fun."
The former world no. 1 also explained the reason for his celebration, as he was obviously happy to reach his maiden ATP Masters 1000 final on clay, the surface that he once disliked so much.
"I went into my first Masters final, so I was just feeling great. But, yeah, it doesn't mean I'm going to dance after every match."