Rod Laver was a serve & volleyer (Offensive) and 51% of his total points were won playing that game style. On the return games, he came in as soon as he had a chance and like that he won 68% of the points with the baseline approach. At the net his ratio points/errors with the volley was excellent (72%).
Offensive - Very High
Rod Laver didn't play enough baseline rallies (as did most of his rivals) to really represent the Punchers. However, the way he hit the forehand and especially the backhand was with topspin. He had one of the best (if not the best) pass of his generation and that was mainly because of the topspin he could generate on both sides.
Puncher - Medium
Only 29% of Rod Laver's points were won by the errors of his rival. His goal was to charge the net and he never really waited for his rivals to make mistakes.
Retriever - Very low
As a serve & volleyer, Rod Laver could also count on an effective first serve. When his first serve was in, 32% of the time it was unreturned and at that era (wooden rackets) it was an excellent result. When compared with his rivals, he made on average 15% more aces/service winners than them.
Server - High
At the time of Rod Laver and the other Australian stars, the Tempo players didn't really exist. It was all about serving & volleying and from the back of the court they had much more a Punching technique than a Tempo one. The take backs were rather big and the two-handed backhand (trademark of the Tempo players) weren't often used.