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Venus Williams, Roger Federer return to respective Wimbledon finals

There will be a couple of familiar faces competing in this year's Wimbledon singles' finals: Venus Williams and Roger Federer.

Federer will make his 11th appearance in the Wimbledon finals after besting Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic on Friday in straight sets, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4. The eight-time Wimbledon champion from Switzerland will face Croatian Marin Cilic on Center Court on Sunday, after Cilic defeated American Sam Querrey earlier Friday to advance. Cilic has never made it this far at Wimbledon, having lost in the quarterfinals three years in a row; he has won only one major title in his career, the 2014 U.S. Open, which required him to defeat Federer in the semifinal round.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, meanwhile, secured her spot in the women's finals Thursday, needing only an hour and 13 minutes to oust the U.K.'s Johanna Konta. Williams will face 2015 Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza of Spain on Saturday on Center Court in the final; the two women have played each other four times on the WTA Tour, and Williams has lost only one of those matches. This match-up, however, will be Muguruza and William's first game on a grass court or in a Grand Slam tournament.