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  1. The Old Man and the Sailboat: Tomas Berdych Reels in a Nadal-Size...

    Louisa Thomas

    Watching Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal play tennis is like watching two men compete against each other while performing two totally different activities. What Nadal does is a blazing mass of energy and passion and force, at once symphonic and chaoti...

    Blog | January 27, 2015
  2. A Brand-New Kei: Is Nishikori the Next Great Men’s Tennis P...

    Louisa Thomas

    The sign of a possible sea change in men's tennis - however slow, however halting - came not when Stan Wawrinka beat Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open last year. It came a week earlier. It began with Kei N...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  3. A Glimpse of Tennis Future: Rafa Goes Down

    Louisa Thomas

    Sure, you don't expect Rafa Nadal to lose in the fourth round only a few weeks after winning his 14th slam. Not to Nick Kyrgios, ranked 144th in the world. Not to a 19-year-old with a racing stripe shaved into his head. Even Kyrgios's mom s...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  4. Everybody Suffers: A Pair of Painful Triumphs at the French Open

    Louisa Thomas

    The rivalry between Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic is the best in tennis right now, but sometimes a little part of me wants to wave the white flag and cry, "STOP!" The best of their matches have produced the most exquisite pleasure and pain:...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  5. Nadal’s Land of Nod: Rafa Falls (Again) at the Barcelona Op...

    Louisa Thomas

    As a rule, if you're a top tennis player, you don't have a home. What you have is a residence, a training base, an empty house. You reside in Bottmingen and practice in Dubai. There is a place in Miami, a pied-a-terre in Pa...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  6. On Marion Bartoli, a Perfect, Weird Wimbledon Champion

    Louisa Thomas

    The weirdest thing about this year's Wimbledon is that the tournament isn't like this more often. Yes, nine of the 10 top women's seeds lost before the semifinals. Yes, Nadal, Federer, Serena, Azarenka, Sharapova, etc. Yes, the women's winner didn't ...

    Blog | July 08, 2013
  7. Rafael Nadal Falls at Wimbledon to a Guy Named Steve

    Louisa Thomas

    Back when life made sense — up until a few hours ago — it was generally understood that there was a way to beat Nadal, or at least scare him, but the conditions had to be just right. It helped if he had never played you before. It helped ...

    Blog | June 24, 2013
  8. Only in Dreams: Rosol Upsets Nadal

    Louisa Thomas

    Even if Wimbledon, as Brian Phillips proved, weren't a dream inside of a big skull, then Lukas Rosol would still be the man of my dreams, or the man in my dreams, or whatever preposition dream grammar requires. I watched his match against Rafael Nada...

    Blog | June 29, 2012
  9. Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, and how to lose beautifully in the ...

    Louisa Thomas

    Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray and what they showed the world in Australia.

    Story | Conversation | January 30, 2012
  10. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal: The Big Three of...

    Louisa Thomas

    Tennis' Big Three down in Oz.

    Story | Conversation | January 26, 2012