Let's be honest. We all know Ryan H. will beat Don if they play. The ATL factor may be his saving grace. I hope he does make it automatically, but if he doesn't the AO playoff would be a nice alternative. He still should be able to beat the other youngsters and Tim, but Harrison is a cut above all of those guys.
I wouldnt be so sure of that. Their H2H is 1-1, plus Harrison's win last yr at the WC Playoffs. Yeah, he's struggling right now, but I think it's a matter of getting good draws. Everybody has bad matchups, and the last few tournaments he's gotten players who he matches up poorly against, records wise.
His H2H against Witten is 1-4, Matosevic, 0-4 or 5, whatever it is.
Kendrick is 5-5.
I also think the fact that players have seen his game for the past 3 yrs plays a part. I'm sure they talk amongst each other about what to do against certain players, and now, 3 yrs after he made his breakthrough, they all have a better idea of how to play him, as opposed to when he 1st started. Of course, you also have to be able to execute whatever plan you have, but I think the familiarity helps.