Roger Federer withdrew from Roland Garros on Sunday.

The Swiss, who qualified for the fourth round in Paris in the night from Saturday to Sunday, prefers a rest period in view of the grass season.

"After careful consultation with my team, I have decided to withdraw from Roland Garros. After two knee operations and a year of rehabilitation, it is important to listen to my body. I have to make sure that I don't go too fast," he said. Federer said in a statement on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Federer would play in the fourth round against Matteo Berrettini on Monday, but the Italian will therefore continue to the quarter-finals without taking action.

He then plays against the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Lorenzo Musetti.

The organization of Roland Garros regrets Federer's decision, but wishes the 2009 tournament winner the best for the rest of the season.

"We are all very happy to see Federer back in action in Paris."

Roger Federer reached the fourth round in the night from Saturday to Sunday.

Roger Federer reached the fourth round in the night from Saturday to Sunday.

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Federer: 'There is no better feeling than returning to the track'

Federer won at Roland Garros successively against Denis Istomin, Marin Cilic and Dominik Köpfer.

"I am very happy that I was able to play three games. There is no better feeling than getting back on the track," said Federer.

Roland Garros was only his third tournament for Federer since his return.

Federer already indicated before the Grand Slam in Paris that he would mainly focus on the grass season.

Federer, the current number eight in the world, hopes to score high at Wimbledon, where he has already been the best eight times.

Wimbledon starts on June 28.