Federer: Woods will be back and at his best soon

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PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer says he’s spoken to his friend Tiger Woods by phone and predicts the troubled golf great will be back soon “as the wonderful golfer we know.”

The tennis star said in an interview published Friday that Woods’ car accident in November and subsequent reports about his private life have been hard on the golfer and his family.

Federer told French sports daily L’Equipe that he expressed his support, and said Woods’ troubles were “instructive.”

Woods hasn’t been seen in public since the accident, and other friends have said they have tried — unsuccessfully — to reach him.