Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams;Photo - Getty Images

Second seeded Andy Roddick started out strong, but it was not meant to be. Roddick used his powerful serve to set up his equally formidable ground game in taking the first set of the Wimbledon Men's Final from Roger Federer but ultimately fell 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4. "I wasn't wanting to get in rallies where he could kind of do his thing, come up with spectacular stuff," Roddick said. "I went out and I tried to take it to him. I was successful most of the time. And then on a couple of key points, I wasn't."

Federer, ranked Number One in the world, won his second straight Wimbledon title and pushed his winning streak at Wimbledon to 24 matches, second only to Bjorn Borg's 41. "I just knew that my only chance actually to win today is if I stay very calm, and if I get a little luck, I could turn it around," Federer said. "I knew I wasn't far away from winning."

It was the first final at the All England Club to feature the first and second seeded men since 1982.

On Saturday American Serena Williams also tasted defeat in the Women's Final, falling 6-1, 6-4 to 17 year old Russian Maria Sharapova. Williams was seeking her third straight Wimbledon crown. Not many gave Sharapova a chance before the match but she thoroughly outplayed Williams and hit 17 winners while committing only 11 errors.

"I put a lot of stress on myself; I think I put too much stress on myself going into it," Williams said. "I figured I really wanted to win more than anything. I was so focused the night before, the day before, a week before."

"I never, never in my life expected this to happen so fast," said Sharapova. "It's always been my dream to come here and to win, but it was never in my mind that I would do it this year." This was the first time she had ever advanced past the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam event.

The loss dropped Serena's world ranking to 14. Her sister Venus, who lost in the early rounds, is ranked one spot below her. Sharapova moved up from #15 to eighth.