I imagine many of Federer's victories off clay feel equally hollow because Ralphie can't make it past the lesser players in earlier rounds. All of his end of year championships must feel like cardboard trophies because you know who can't make a final.
It's completely Federer's fault that Nadal is relatively weak off clay and he should either give the kid coaching or play with lead boots to make everything more fair and... deserving.
“There is no best. There is just the discussion of who is best. Federer, he will always be in the first part of such a discussion.” Rino Tommasi