Andy Murray vs Fabio Fognini – Forehand Analysis


In this video, we show the side by side comparison of the forehands of Andy Murray and Fabio Fognini.

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  1. Michael Lechmanik
    August 24, 2020 at 5:11 pm · Reply

    I love the comparison and the angle of the racquet at the point of contact. The fact that the strings are cupping the ball only confirms the need for follow through. I use a physics term when I teach. The angle of incidence is equal to the angle of refraction. Stop the racquet at any angle and it will equal the angle of refraction. Using a forehand grip to volley can only mean down.

    August 23, 2020 at 1:30 am · Reply

    Awesome Jorge,
    I’ve been focusing a lot on extension w/my students. The place tht they hit the ball consistently, extension,which is 75%of the stroke, then pace,which is about the last10% of the whole stroke. Glenn Williams USPTA/PTR.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 24, 2020 at 3:32 pm · Reply

      that’s right Glenn

  3. Michael Drumm
    August 22, 2020 at 4:47 am · Reply

    Frank Sacks – Hey Frank, are you from Monroe Michigan? If yes, I want to say Hi to you from a co-Monroe tennis player. send me email if you want to chat.

  4. Frank Sacks
    July 1, 2020 at 3:43 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge:
    Great job! I think you hit the nail on the head regarding the importance of a long hitting zone forward toward the intended target and Fabio’s extension is a terrific illustration. Too many players are focused on non-esentials such as the finish which detracts from their consistency amd control. Thank you again for your expert analysis.
    Best regards,
    Frank Sacks USPTA/PTR

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 3, 2020 at 3:38 am · Reply

      Thanks Frank

  5. Mike Alcott
    February 15, 2020 at 10:59 am · Reply

    Cool video comparison. I’m wondering if Andy Murray’s shot is a little more angular with more arc on the ball and that’s why his elbow was more bent than Fabios on the follow through / extension. Also, I find it interesting that Fabios take back had his elbow closer to his body and more extension & straighter arm on the follow through; while Andy’s take back had more spacing between his body and his arm and his extension wasn’t as driven as Fabios. This is why I think Andy’s shot was a little bit more angular with more topspin. It depends on the intent of their shot on how they are preparing to receive the ball.

  6. larry Albritton
    July 31, 2017 at 5:32 pm · Reply

    thanks. I did notice that Andy kept his weight on his back foot (right) a little longer. it appears he is getting more leg drive than Fabio. do you think this can make a difference? I try to have my students drive with their legs to generate power. good comparison

  7. hazli
    July 26, 2017 at 2:18 pm · Reply

    great analysis

  8. Ciro
    July 26, 2017 at 2:04 am · Reply

    Thank you very much Jorge
    It’s a fantastic comparation!👍!
    I’m trying to getting better in ANALYZING STROKES FOR DIAGNOSTIC AND CURE from intermediate and advanced players
    Do you know lincs, course, video, literature, etc.
    Where can I get get information about that??

    Thanks 🤗

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 27, 2017 at 8:59 pm · Reply

      Hi Ciro… I am not sure where there are links to teach that but my free website has a ton of slow motion pro footage as well as several analyzed videos by me. You can find that at..

  9. Wayne Johnson
    July 25, 2017 at 10:04 pm · Reply

    Many thanks. Great to have this quality of vision and analysis.

  10. Marty
    July 25, 2017 at 9:46 pm · Reply

    Very good video and analysis. Although not quite as useful for a 4.5 guy who played in college 40 years ago and has nearly the same forehand grip!

  11. David Zimmermann
    July 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge. Really interesting and just good info. Everyone is a little different inside that range of acceptability. Very good.

  12. Alan Richter USPTA/PTR
    July 25, 2017 at 7:57 pm · Reply

    Jorge, Great analysis of the two forehands ! My one suggestion would be to say something about the players being ‘in flight’ and that this extraordinary capability has only come from years and years of high level training and that even the normal rec/cub 4-5.0 NTRP player will have greater success with maintaining both feet on the ground. Whenever I send my clients to YouTube I always remind them that they are watching elite athletes and that there are components they as players can take away from the videos but there are some that are unrealistic for them to expect of themselves. The big take aways for a rec or developing junior player that you well pointed out was the unit turn and the racquet path.
    Also, Murray lifted his head early while Fognini kept his eye on the contact point.
    Good job. Keep them coming.

  13. Mike
    July 25, 2017 at 7:31 pm · Reply

    Jorge, Wow! Thanks for sharing. I was under the impression that the wrist should be laid back immediately during the unit turn. However, I notice that the wrist is straight during the backswing and doesn’t really get laid back until that lag phase as the body is rotating toward the net. I noticed Sampras using that lag technique back in the early 2000’s where he would lead with his elbow on the backswing creating a slingshot effect as he whipped that racket head through the ball. This was taboo in the 70’s when I was learning. That is the great thing about tennis is that the sport is always evolving. Good stuff there Jorge. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Robert Wakely
    July 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm · Reply

    Fascinating to see the similarities between two very effective attacking forehands. Thanks for this.

    On another subject I am unable to access my account on

    Can you help please?

    Many thanks,


  15. Dan B
    July 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm · Reply

    Jorge, do you feel that the uncoil starts legs/hips then into the left arm pulling into the body? I’ve heard from some coaches that the left arm pulling into the body starts the uncoil.

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 25, 2017 at 10:05 pm · Reply

      I think they kind of happen simultaneously. I do know that in almost every ATP forehand the left arm is parallel to the baseline just before they uncoil

  16. Jai
    July 25, 2017 at 4:59 pm · Reply

    Nice comparisons, exactly what I enjoy teaching.
    I like it because I don’t teach tennis I help people learn to play tennis

  17. Larry Abraham
    July 25, 2017 at 2:41 pm · Reply

    Thank you, Jorge. Great analysis! I’m going to
    watch it a few times and take the ideas to the court
    for my next hitting lesson. I think I notice the contact
    point is made at the bottom half of the racquet. Larry

  18. ken brophy
    July 25, 2017 at 1:38 pm · Reply

    Hello Jorge,
    Both Guys did hit slightly below center of their frames which probably accentuates the closing of the racquet face immediately on contact.
    Also Murray also seems to push/extend his left arm/shoulder farther away from his torso than does The Fogger.
    TY for taking the time to prepare this vid…

    Ken Brophy PTR

  19. Dee
    July 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm · Reply

    Your clips are the BEST, thank you so much.

  20. Jay
    July 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm · Reply

    Amazing footage and dissection. Unfortunately, I will never be able to hit at that level but still fun to watch and marvel.

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