Roger Federer defeated Radek Stepanek today in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 at the Sony Ericsson Open. He donned a new kit today which received a general thumbs down on Twitter. Here's what he said about it:
Q: Your outfit today was a little different. It was not as colorful and no collar on the shirt. Is that a new look?
ROGER FEDERER: Um, changing colors again for the clay, so it's just like last year I played in orange here. This is just the way Nike works here in Miami. It's only a one-off tournament. Yeah its a bit different. I like to change and mix it up from a shirt with a collar to T-shirts at times, because that's how I kind of came up in the tour level, as well. I had all different styles and colors always, and I'd like to keep that going. I like the freshness of mixing it up a bit. I don't know. I hope the fans like it; and if they don't then the French-clay court season is coming up shortly (Laugher.) But I like it, so it's all good.
And there was this question that kind of made me *gasp* just a little.
Q. What about with the media? Now that you have all the attention because you're not No. 1 anymore, does it feel different?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, there's empty seats now these days. (Laughter.) But I'm still here. I told the ATP, you know, Why every match? Why every day? Why so much? So I don't feel a difference, to be honest. I'm still answering questions. It's exactly the same. You're probably not at every press conference, but I'm doing many of them, and--but they're okay. You know, I wish we could mix that up a bit more, make it a bit different and bit more exciting for both ends. But that's the way it is and it's become. I can take pleasure out of them, as well, so it's all okay.
He was very pleasant, always making eye-contact, and I really enjoyed being there. #2 on the Bucket List, complete.