Wimbledon Gets Shot of Glamour from Gwen and Gavin
07/07/2008 AT 08:30 AM EDT
But if they gave grand slam titles to spirited supporters, Rossdale would surely be crowned world champ. During a match that slugged on for nearly five hours on-court, Rossdale's repertoire of fist punching, seat jumping and hollering boosted the energy level from the usually placid competitors' guest box.
In the five-set match (which spanned seven hours because of rain delays), Spain's Nadal clawed back to win the final set against Federer, preventing the Swiss champ from winning a sixth Wimbledon title.
Federer and Rossdale have been friends for years – in the past, they have even been spotted playing tennis together in Los Angeles. Earlier in this two-week tournament, the tennis ace joined the Rossdales and their son Kingston, 2, as they went ape at the London Zoo.
During Sunday's match a pregnant Stefani, wearing a red, white and black herringbone off-the-shoulder dress, had to remove her sunglasses as the light faded in the evening gloom for what turned out to be the longest final in Wimbledon history – and the first Spanish victory for 42 years.
If losing was hard for Federer, it appeared similarly painful for his famous fans. Moments after winning, Nadal leapt on top of a commentators' box – directly in front of pop's power couple – to embrace his family. While hundreds stood and applauded, only Rossdale, Stefani and Federer's girlfriend, Miroslava Vavrinec, remained in their seats.