Roger Federer and Rod Laver have been acknowledged as one of the greatest players of all time, dominating in different eras but with the same efficiency and elegance in their strokes. There has been a mutual respect between two tennis giants ever since they met each other for the first time, with Roger always pointing out Rod as a possible GOAT player and the Aussie who has been more than ready to watch Federer's matches, even to share the court with him at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne in 2014.
In recent years, Laver and Federer have joined forces in the Laver Cup, with the Aussie legend supporting the newly-established event that carries his name and enjoying the matches and the trophy presentation. On Wednesday, the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships decided to cancel the upcoming edition of Wimbledon for the first time since 1945, with a coronavirus halting all tennis tournaments ever since Indian Wells.
Thus, Roger Federer will not compete in the men's singles main draw in the cathedral of tennis for the first time since 1998 (he won the junior title that year), sharing his sadness together with all the other players who are all missing the most significant tennis event in the world.
Laver left a warm message to Roger Federer on Twitter, hoping he and his family are safe and hoping to watch Roger at the All England Club again in 2021. Roger has won eight Wimbledon titles so far since 2003, losing a memorable final to Novak Djokovic last July after squandering two match points.
"You make it look easy, Roger. I hope you and the family are well and safe. Very sorry to see Wimbledon canceled today but this will pass and our great game will re-emerge. Looking forward to seeing everyone again."
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