Who's talking about not being allowed to be happy for your player's achievements? or those being meaningless?
Well, you said that Federer fans only have the past to live for. But if winning tournaments other than slams counts, then there is plenty in the present to live for.
Federer has done very well these past months, that's a fact, good for him. But it's the sudden talk of him being the next number 1 that makes me wonder if you people are right on your head. By the way, weren't fedtards who always said Federer only cared about the slams?
The talk isn't sudden. This thread was created all the way back in 2010, shortly after Federer lost his no.1 ranking. When Federer won the WTF in 2010, there was hope he could reclaim the ranking if he defended his AO title.
The difference this time is that he's managed to amass a 2000 points lead over the last 7 months. Therefore if he wins a slam, it's possible he could get back to number 1.
As far as slams go, however, Federer has already proved himself. At this late stage in his career, it's reasonable that he would try to win as much as he can - even in the smaller events, and get the most out of his remaining time on the tour.