I watched a good deal of Harrison's match with Mardy Fish in the semis of Atlanta. Fish is now a high-level player. At 29, he's a few months older than Roddick, but with his serve, movement, net play and backhand, he looks to be a much more solid player than the former U.S. No. 1. Harrison was facing Fish in this Challenger + semi-final match. Let's be honest, that's what these smaller tournaments in the U.S. have become, Challenger + events. You have Isner, Fish, Blake, maybe Baghdatis...only Fish is really a heavyweight, and he's more like a light heavy-weight as we saw in the quarters of Wimbledon and the Davis Cup matches. Next week in Los Angeles, Del Potro comes in to lend the event more status, but the American hardcourt season really doesn't begin until Washington D.C. and of course, it really kicks in the following week in Canada when Djoko, Nadal, Federer and Murray show up. (Justin Gimelstob--I know you love L.A. and UCLA, but please, don't try to sell the event there as if its major, like when Sampras, Agassi, Chang and Courier played amongst other big names--now they have to mention Tommy Haas is playing the event, a sure sign the event is not big-time).Anyway, Harrison had reached his first semis, beating Ram-pras in the quarters, but against Fish, a lot of his game looked in fault. People compare Harrison to Roddick, but his first serve is not nearly the bomb Roddick's was. His second serve is good, but in my mind, he doesn't follow it to net as much. What I've seen of Harrison's game, his best weapon is his legs. He can move and seems to have great stamina. His backhand is a liability. Fish continually approached to that wing. His forehand, to my eyes, seems to0 much like latter-day Roddick, too spinny. As Ernests Gulbis said last year at Delray when he beat Harrison in three sets, Harrison takes too big of a backswing on his returns. He doesn't return well, combine that with his having a good but not great serve, and he's never going to make a big dent in the Top 20. Federer and Djokovic have proven that returns are huge at the top of the game. Djokovic leads the tour on return games won, Federer has slipped a bit and it has made a big difference in his dominance.Losing 3 and 2 to Fish is no disgrace. Fish knows how to win now at every level except for the very top, and he's a versatile play with a great service game and a better return game. Harrison is working with former UC Berkley star, Scott McCain, a very serviceable coach, but one known to work with the Paul Goldsteins and Somdev Devvarmen's of the game, not the elite few. Harrison isn't near that latter level anyway, and he's going to have to get stronger at nearly every level of the game (he doesn't have Raonic's serve or poise, Tomic's backhand and smoothness or Dmitrov's athleticism) to become the Jimmy Connors of this new era. Because that's what Harrison is: Jimmy Connors-lite except his backhand isn't nearly as dynamic and he's going to have to be more aggressive like Jimmy and finish at the net more often. Jimmy was the master at playing the all-court game, and Harrison is going to have to study Connors, maybe hire him as his coach somewhere down the line, to make the big (and I think far out of his league now) push to the very top.