Rod Laver wishes Roger Federer happy birthday, hopes Swiss wins Grand Slam in 2021

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Rod Laver wishes Roger Federer happy birthday, hopes Swiss wins Grand Slam in 2021

Australian tennis legend Rod Laver has wished Roger Federer a happy 39th birthday as he hopes the Swiss will return to the court next year and win at least one more Grand Slam title. Laver, one of the greatest ever to have played the game, has always had a close relationship with record 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer and the respect between the two is sky high.

"Many happy returns @rogerfederer. We miss tennis and we sure miss seeing you out there, gracing the world's courts. Have a great day with your family," Laver said in a Twitter post. "I'd love to join you for a birthday celebration next year and have the opportunity to toast at least one more GS title!" Federer, who now 39 years old, is recovering from two arthroscopic knee surgeries as his goal is to be ready for the Australian Open.

Earlier this year, the Swiss made the semifinal at the Australian Open, before he lost to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets after being hampered by a groin injury.

Despite the age, Federer's love for the game is still there

Recently, coach Severin Luthi tried to explain how much Federer loved the game as reportedly the Swiss never wanted to take a break during the season.

"My feeling is absolutely that this won‘t be the case at all. He still loves the life on the tour a lot. Nearly every player says at some point that he needs to go home as he would need a break. I haven‘t heard this once from him in all the years.

He makes it pleasant for himself on the tour, he knows many people, has friends everywhere. But of course you can‘t rule it out 100%," Luthi told Swiss tennis magazine Smash. In late-July, coach Luthi said Federer's recovery was going fine and noted that the goal remains to be ready for the start of the 2021 season.

"Roger is fine. Very good even, but that's not surprising when you know his way of always seeing the positive side of things," Luthi said, per RTN. "He's doing his physio. He's started working on the physical level again.

The next step will be mid-August, he’ll start practicing again. "We stand by what has been decided: Roger will return for the 2021 Australian Open if it takes place."