With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering injury-hit exits in the quarterfinals and Rafael Nadal losing in the last 16, Federer will be the favorite to become Wimbledon's oldest champion, succeeding Arthur Ashe who was almost 32 when he won in 1975. Still, Muguruza was asked her preference for a dance partner at this year's champions' dinner.
But she quickly relented, smiling broadly and finally giving in. Muguruza has won 14 of the 18 matches she has played at Wimbledon while Williams has won 87 out of 101, a total bettered only by Martina Navratilova (120 wins) and Chris Evert (96). "That's what I try to do". Berdych was playing doggedly but in the tie-break more than that would be required of him. Am I looking at the Tokyo Olympics?
Liu beat Ann Li 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the final on No. 1 Court. Now a formidable weapon, he is regularly able to find the corners, and at great pace.
The last American to win the title was Chanda Rubin in 1992. It was a time when his game was plagued by inconsistency, and many of the weapons he relies on now he had not fully developed.
The match was played under a closed roof on Centre Court, the first time a women's final had been played indoors.
Muguruza, meanwhile, struggled in the wake of both her previous Grand Slam finals. She also won the French Open last year. This will be Williams' 16th Grand Slam singles final and her 82nd at tour level. I love this tournament - all my dreams came true here. In the fourth round, he faced off against Grigor Dimitrov, who at that point had not dropped a set.
Roger Federer's spoof Twitter feed couldn't resist a mild swipe at his fallen rivals as the History Man metaphorically picked his way through the bodies of the injured for yet another Centre Court engagement. It's just about getting over the line.
The oldest woman to win a major title is Venus' little sister, Serena Williams. She was 35 when she won this year's Australian Open.
Just two men remain in contention for the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.
Federer may have played ten Wimbledon finals in his career but he has never face Cilic in one.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached his 11th Wimbledon final Friday, downing 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Claire Liu of the United States in action against compatriot Ann Li during the Girls singles final match on day twelve at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 15, 2017.
He had a couple of opportunities before, in the fifth game, securing the first break on the Berdych serve.
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