The obvious connotation that it's been done FAR more to avoid facing Nadal than it is to win Wimbledon validates the lopsided H2H advantage - EVEN more.
The near-unanimous consensus sentiment that had Nadal didn't exist, Federer would have competed - Wimbledon or no Wimbledon - leaves little for speculation.
It reeks of 'quitting' - in LOADS - and nothing else.
Heck, it's SO bad that EVEN if Federer manages to win Wimbledon AND extend his Slam lead over Nadal AND defeats Nadal on surfaces not called clay again, it will STILL not negate the blinding stare from the H2H beast - SOLELY because of this 'cowardly' act.
That's like Magic Johnson refusing to play @ games played in Boston - with Larry Bird in the line up - to avoid the home court advantage thingy.
You HAVE to beat the clown at his 'HOME' to mitigate if not deflect the 'arch-rival blemish' altogether. Or in the VERY LEAST not freaking surrender - this shamelessly.
That's without inserting the fear of ruining the gain @ H2H stat Federer has made recently against Nadal being the REAL fuel driving this train. Add that and how can this be viewed through any other lens?
Winning Wimbledon or other Slams at the expense of this brazen and incriminating act that screams of 'avoidance, fear, evasion, running away, mental frailty etc.' is like eating donuts, fast food and pizzas (avoiding clay) right before exercising (Wimbledon title). You are taking three steps back for every step forward - meaning Wimbledon(s) won with this move as backdrop sets you back further than it would have if you had competed @ clay and lost to Nadal - repeatedly - AND still not won Wimbledon.
Doesn't it enhance Nadal's stature far more than he truly deserves - it that's even possible - on clay? And that 'upgrade' HAS to impact the H2H monster humongous-ly.
I mean, will you be able to separate this 'withdrawal' from Nadal's domination of Federer - with credibility - ever?