TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 12, 2008
R. FEDERER/R. Stepanek
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. I would like to know, during the game, your
racquet actually was not from your sponsors. Is
it something you borrowed from Djokovic? Also
the socks you were wearing were from Murray.
From the very beginning, you weren't able to get
ready for yourself as an alternate. What do you
make of it?
RADEK STEPANEK: The story is that my stuff, the
whole stuff, you know, which were sended to me
stuck in the customs. Until today I didn't got
it, so that's why the situation is like this.
Anyway, you know, I was trying to do my best.
You know, I think I played a very good match
today against Roger, which was very tight. You
know, it was a question of a couple of points.
You know, that's all I can say.
Q. Did your contact lenses get lost, as well?
RADEK STEPANEK: I didn't even had them
(smiling). I came here straight from Thailand
where I was on my vacation. You know, I didn't
took any tennis stuff on my vacation, so that's
why they send it to me from home.
Q. Everything had arrived by this morning? It
came through customs this morning?
RADEK STEPANEK: It's not still through. That's
why I played with a different racquet. You know,
that's the situation, how it is. So I had to
deal with it.
I think I dealt with that pretty well. You know,
I had my chances today, but didn't make them.
Q. Who did you borrow your socks and your
RADEK STEPANEK: I had the racquet from Novak
Djokovic, and the lady here was right, I had
socks from Andy. But, you know, he's using the
same ones as I do, so I asked him if he could
borrow me one (smiling).
Q. As we know, Andy Roddick is getting married
next year. We wonder when do you plan to hold a
wedding with Nicole Vaidisova?
RADEK STEPANEK: No comment (smiling). That's too
private. I wish Andy good luck. I'm happy for
Q. Roddick said about 10:00 this morning he
phoned you that you better be ready. What were
you thinking about when he told you about this?
RADEK STEPANEK: I was just, you know, surprised.
He told me that he's gonna go warm up. He didn't
told me he's not gonna play. He just informed me
that he's not feeling pretty okay, but he will
try to do his best, you know, to play in the
I figured it out after his warmup, around 5:15,
that he's not able to compete. The tournament
director came to me and told me that Andy is not
ready and that I'm in. I was getting as good as
possible for my match. And, you know, that's
what I was able to do today.
Q. You have played with Roger Federer four times
this year alone. Do you think this year's Roger
is more beatable than between 2004 and 2007 when
you two played against each other four times and
he defeats you each time?
RADEK STEPANEK: You know, I think for Roger this
year was very tough in many ways. He started,
you know, with the mononucleosis in the
beginning of the year, which I know is very
tough to get healthy again, to get fit, get the
I think that affect him in the beginning. And,
you know, once you start that way, it's very
tough to get back. But I believe -- I know he
lost more matches than he does usually in
previous years, but that doesn't mean that he's
Definitely he was more beatable this year than
the others, but, you know, he still was in I
don't know how many Grand Slam finals. He won US
Open. So, you know, anyway, the way he played
and handled those situations was amazing. I'm
looking to him as a best player of all times.
You know, he's still improving anyway in his
tough situations during this year. He was able
to compete on the highest level, you know. I
have a great respect for him.
Q. We all know that playing with Roger is
difficult because he is the one who has the most
fans in the stands. How do you take your time on
court? Did you enjoy your time in Shanghai being
one of the alternates playing the Masters Cup?
RADEK STEPANEK: You know, always Roger has fans
everywhere. But, you know, my time on court and
here in Shanghai is just great. You know, for me
it's honor to be here. You know, I'm enjoying
time a lot here.
The chance came today to compete here. You know,
for me it was always a dream to play in the
Masters Cup because you're in the Elite 8 best
players in the world.
You know, this tournament is just special in all
ways, starting with the way they are treating us
here, you know, how well everything is
organized. It's just amazing.
As I said, it's an honor for me to be here.
Q. I didn't understand the story with the
contact lenses. Did you play without?
RADEK STEPANEK: No, with them.
Q. But they were stuck in customs, you said.
RADEK STEPANEK: Yeah, but we've been able to
find the same here. Otherwise, I wouldn't see
you now (laughter).
Q. How will you go into your next match knowing
you probably have no chance to qualify to the
semifinal, but you still have an impact on who
will qualify in that group?
RADEK STEPANEK: You know, I'm going to go to
that match -- I'm going to every match to win,
and definitely this one's not going to be
different for me, even I lost a chance to
As I said, it's an honor for me to be here. You
know, I just want to get all I have. I just want
to play as good as I can and try to win even the
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