After playing into the early hours of Sunday in a match that lasted over three hours and ending 12:45am, Roger Federer had given a hint he may not continue playing in the French Open as he looked to protecting his knee.<br><br>He struggled to beat Dominik Koepfer after a pulsating three and a half hours.<br><br>The Swiss who turns 40 on August 8, underwent two knee surgeries in 2020 and is targeting a ninth Wimbledon title later this month on his favourite grass court surface.<br><br>He has won 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles, an all-time record shared with Rafael Nadal. Federer has been world No. 1 in the ATP rankings a total of 310 weeksincluding a record 237 consecutive weeksand has finished as the year-end No. 1 five times. <br><br>Federer has won 103 ATP singles titles, the second-most of all-time behind Jimmy Connors and including a record six ATP Finals.<br><br>He won the French Open once in 2009.<br><br><blockquote>After discussions with my team, I've decided I will need to pull out of the French Open today.<br><br>After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it's important that I listen to my body and make sure I don't push myself too quickly on my road to recovery. <br><br>I am thrilled to have gotten 3 matches under my belt. There is<br>no greater feeling than being back on court.<br><br>See everyone soon! </blockquote><br><a rel=ugc href="https://twitter.com/rogerfederer/status/1401547332999692294's=19">Roger Federer </a><br><br><br><br><blockquote><b>ROLAND-GARROS 2021<br><br>PRESS RELEASE<br><br>ROGER FEDERER WITHDRAWS </b><br><br>THE ROLAND-GARROS TOURNAMENT ORGANISERS HAVE LEARNED THAT ROGER FEDERER HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE TOURNAMENT.<br><br>"AFTER DISCUSSIONS WITH MY TEAM, I"VE DECIDED I WILL NEED TO PULL OUT OF ROLAND-GARROS TODAY. AFTER TWO KNEE SURGERIES AND OVER A YEAR OF REHABILITATION IT'S IMPORTANT THAT I LISTEN TO MY BODY AND MAKE SURE I DON'T PUSH MYSELF TOO QUICKLY ON MY ROAD TO RECOVERY. <br><br>I AM THRILLED TO HAVE GOTTEN 3 MATCHES<br>UNDER MY BELT. THERE IS NO GREATER FEELING THAN BEING BACK ON COURT", SAID ROGER FEDERER.<br><br>"THE ROLAND-GARROS TOURNAMENT Is sORRY ABOUT THE<br>WITH DRAWAL OF ROGER FEDERER, WHO PUT UP AN INCREDIBLE FIGHT LAST NIGHT. WE WERE ALL DELIGHTED TO SEE RoGER BACK IN PARIS, WHERE HE PLAYED THREE HIGH-LEVEL MATCHES.<br><br>WE WISH HIM ALL THE BEST FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON"<br>SAID GUY FORGET, TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR. </blockquote><br><a rel=ugc href="https://twitter.com/rolandgarros/status/1401545323475083269's=19">Roland Garros </a> Click here to read full news..