Originally Posted by Federer20042006
Option 2 - the singles gold medal is the defining point there. That would end any objections people have about him not completely fulfilling his career goals, not to mention beating Nadal at RG/overtaking the head to head.
No, it is not.
A Title from a Major is times more valuable than an OG medal. Besides, Federer is highly decorated Olympian as it is, so.
This leaves us with the other accomplishments:
DC win. Although a nice thing to have in your resume it still is a team effort. It is not a personal achievement.
Another YE#1. Nice, but Federer will be sharing this record.
H2H with Nadal. While having a positive H2H with your main rival is nice, it is nowhere as significant as all the other things, that constitute a successfull singles career. What counts are the titles and the overall dominance.
So, basically one, who is choosing option numer one is trading an OG and a shared record (the things that would really matter in someone's singles career) against
1 Major Title and a record number of titles at two of the four Majors (Wimbledon 8, US Open 6 or AO 5) in the Open era.
I think, that that is a pretty good tradeoff.
And, even if Federer ticks all the boxes from option 2, there will still be morons, to claim more and more things, that he hasn't done, in an effort to bring him down.