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So I thought it was quite interesting what Petch said on Sky Sports about Sascha’s forhand grip and why it’s leading to so many forehand errors in pressure moments. If you didn’t hear what Petch said in the commentary it was basically that Sascha holds his racquet too high up the handle, so his palm of his hand is fully holding the handle of the racquet. See video above of Sascha’s forehand grip and how high up the hand he holds it.
Petch’s theory is that when Sascha hits forehand shots under pressure he decelerates instead of getting maximum racquet head acceleration on his forehand. So he either dumps the ball in the net (see break of serve) which lost him his serve in the third set v Isner or overplays and goes long. He clearly doesn’t trust it and you can see it’s going to cost him if he doesn’t fix it e.g. he still prefers to play backhand when returning serve from the deuce court which takes him out of court instead of a forehand return.
Compared to a Roger (eastern grip) or a Rafa (semi western) where despite their differing drips they hold it lower and part of the palm of their hand sticks out over the butt of the handle, which means a looser grip, so when they have to play a forehand shot under pressure their wrist is looser and they can generate the necessary racquet head speed for the top spin needed to hit that shot.
So my question is how easy is it for Sascha to solve this - is it a question of just adjusting his grip to hold it lower, which understand is a western grip or does he need to change to eastern or semi western grip to solve this issue?