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Federer pulls out of 2 US Open preps

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(AP) -- Roger Federer pulled out of the upcoming hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati on Thursday, citing lingering issues with his surgically repaired knee and shedding doubt on his status for the U.S. Open.

The withdrawals by Federer, who turns 40 on Sunday, were announced separately by the two events.

This news follows the 20-time Grand Slam champion's decision to sit out the Tokyo Olympics after he said he "experienced a setback" with his knee during the grass-court season.

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