Federer wishes his pal Tiger well

MELBOURNE - Roger Federer wished his friend Tiger Woods well on Saturday then talked about the importance of being a role model.

MELBOURNE - Roger Federer wished his friend Tiger Woods well on Saturday then talked about the importance of being a role model.

The two sporting superstars have become pals over the years and the Swiss great said he hoped to see Woods sort out his problems.

"Well, I have just been following it from afar," he said when asked at a pre-Australian Open press conference about Woods' fall from grace.

"I wish him all the best, getting back, hopefully on the golf course and resolving his problems."

Woods has suffered a momentous fall from his lofty pedestal as one of the greatest sportsmen in the world since a November 27 late-night car crash outside his Florida home.

The mysterious accident touched off a sensational sex scandal, with Woods eventually admitting to marital infidelity and taking an indefinite break from golf.

Asked about the responsibility top sports stars like himself and Woods carried as role models, Federer said he did not feel any extra pressure to stay squeaky clean.

"No, I mean I just try to be myself, not change for the press or the public or the fans," he said.

"But I think most important is that there's a lot of fair play involved when I play the game, respect for the game, respect for the opponent, be polite to everyone you meet.

"Those are key things my parents have taught me and I try to do the same thing." - Sapa-AFP

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