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Federer to Face Philippoussis in Wimbledon Men's Finals - 2003-07-04

Switzerland's Roger Federer and Mark Philippoussis of Australia will square off Sunday for the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.

The fourth-seeded Federer beat number-five Andy Roddick of the United States in straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 in Friday's semifinal. It took Federer only one hour, 43 minutes to earn his first trip to the final. He's also the first Swiss man to advance that far at Wimbledon.

Philippoussis reached his first Wimbledon final by defeating Sebastien Grosjean of France in straight sets in Friday's earlier semifinal. Philippoussis hit serves at up to 210 kilometers an hour as he beat Grosjean 7-6 (3), 6 -3, 6-3 in one hour, 56 minutes.

This will be the first Grand Slam final for Philippoussis since a knee injury three years ago almost ended his career.

For the second straight year, the women's final will feature sisters Venus and Serena Williams of the United States.

Venus overcame an abdominal strain to beat Kim Clijsters of Belgium in Thursday's semifinal. Serena won her semifinal over Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne, avenging a loss in the French Open semifinals four weeks ago.

The sisters have met in four of the past five Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning them all.