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I've always thought that using western grip gives you more spin but less power, but Wawrinka and Nishikori both uses this grip and they crush the boll. Any thoughts? Are all top players use this and semi western grips today? Do players change forehand grip during matches or when changing surfaces?
 

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Some use the eastern grip as well. Federer for example. As far as I know, the players do not change grips when the surface changes. During matches they of course stay with the forehand grip they've put down thousands of hours in getting comfortable with. Naturally, they do switch when going in for a volley etc.

As for spin - well that is more about the movement of the arm and wrist than the grip in itself. Yes classically a more western grip makes it easier to hit topspin. But you can easily hit flat, powerful shots too with the western grip. And Federer can get a lot spin too when he whips the follow through over his head like Nadal does.
 
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