Roger Federer has pulled out of the French Open (AP)

Roger Federer has pulled out of the French Open due to concerns over his knee.

Federer beat Dominik Koepfer in a thrilling third-round match on Saturday night, winning 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5.

The former world No.1 was due to play Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round on Monday.

But the 39-year-old has now withdrawn from the tournament as he is keen to protect his knee following surgery.

‘After discussions with my team, I decided that I should withdraw from the French Open today,’ Federer said in a statement on Sunday.

‘After two knee operations and more than a year of rehabilitation, it’s important that I listen to my body and not rush back into competition.’

Roger Federer beat Dominik Koepfer in a thrilling third-round match on Saturday (Getty)

The tournament director for the French Open, Guy Forget, added: ‘The Roland-Garros tournament is sorry about the withdrawal of Roger Federer, who put up an incredible fight last night.

‘We were delighted to see Roger back in Paris, where he played three high-level matches. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season.’

Speaking after his win on Saturday, Federer suggested that he was set to pull out of the tournament.

‘These are all stepping stones to something that is really important to me. It is the season, and it is the comeback. I need matches like these,’ said Federer.

‘We go through these matches, we analyse them highly and look on what’s next and will do the same tonight and tomorrow, because I need to decide if I keep on playing or not.

‘Is it not too much risk at this moment to keep on pushing, or is this just a perfect way to just take a rest?

‘Because I don’t have the week in between here and Halle like normal to see what’s best now, if you count back from Wimbledon and so forth.

‘It’s just a lot going on, but having a match like this, knowing I could have probably played a fifth set but not knowing how I will wake up tomorrow is interesting, to say the least.’

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