Blake, Berdych, and Safin forehand grips?

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  1. pow

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    What forehand grips does each of them use?
    Just wondering since they are flat hitters.
     
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  2. LarougeNY

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    Just because they hit flat doesn't mean its because of their grip.
    Berdych-eastern
    Blake-I think it looks semi w
    Safin-Clearly Semi W
     
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  3. pow

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    yea, but I couldn't exactly ask about their swing path though. Thanks.
     
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  4. Bogie

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    you're right about blake and safin, but berdych definitely isn't eastern. he's a semi as well but holds it dead on whereas safin and blake tend to lean a tiny bit towards the western bevel.
     
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  5. dommod

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    Any eastern grip players in modern game today?
     
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  6. ShcMad

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    Safin's grip is as textbook Semi-Western as it gets. I believe Blake has the exact same grip as Safin's.

    As far as Eastern grip players these days... I can only think of Hyung-Taik Lee on the men's side. Some people argue Gasquet uses an Eastern, but I doubt it.
     
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  7. War Safin!

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    That pretty much explains why Safin isn't very comfortable on grass: the SW grip naturally closes the racquet face, forcing you to swing up from underneath the ball - bad for low-boucning balls.
     
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  8. dommod

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    Some say Federer use hybrid grip. Is this one reason he has won Wimbledon?
     
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  9. J-man

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    Are you kidding Berdych does not hit with an eastern. Almost no one hits with an eastern grip any more.
     
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