The only thing that mattered to the 20-time Grand Slam champion was that, unlike in his last grasscourt duel with Rafael Nadal 11 years ago, he had won the "crazy last game" which sealed his passage into a 12th Wimbledon final.
The last time they met at a Grand Slam was in the Australian Open semifinals in 2016, where Djokovic prevailed in four sets. "Rafa played some unbelievable shots to stay in the match, it was a very high level", said Federer. What will lift the victor over the line, with so many other factors equal, will be how much they want it. Federer's incentive is the rapidly diminishing time he has left in the game and the chance to close the gap on Djokovic in their career score, which favours the Serb 25-22, while also edging away from him in total majors: 20 to 15 at the moment, with Nadal lurking on 18. By ranking (22nd), he should not have presented much of a threat to Djokovic, who had won three of the previous four Grand Slams. Federer and Djokovic will meet in the men's final at the All England Club for the third time.
Nadal said defeat was tough but graciously congratulated Federer on being the better player on the day.
Despite all the sporting rivalry, Nadal and Federer are also in addition to the square well.
"Just accept that was not my day".
"I would say Federer won two thirds, maybe three quarters of them".
Federer, widely considered the greatest grass-court player to have graced Wimbledon, had the backing of the majority of the 15,000 crowd in his semi-final win over Nadal.
"We spoke about that one thousand times", said Nadal. Title matches will be played between him and Novak Djokovic, the current world number and last years defending champion.
Roger Federer would advance to his 12th Wimbledon final and Nadal would be sent packing, along with his hopes for Grand Slam No. 19.
Who else but Federer could strike a serve so well that Nadal's framed response would end up caught by someone seated in the Royal Box, as happened early in the second set? Legend John McEnroe, seven time Grand Slam Champion, believes that Roger in this respect has the nose front.
"Federer's serve is not that hard, but well placed.so Novak will get a play on most serves and then he's in the rally straight away". Though the Swiss was able to manoeuvre out of that, he saw two more match points come and go as Nadal upped the ante.
Rafael Nadal was the oddsmakers favorite, but Roger Federer got past Nadal with unrelenting attacking tennis and impeccable serving. Federer, understandably, seemed more jovial about Friday's match.
Two more service holds put him within a set of victory and the Swiss turned the screw in the fourth set as Nadal faded.
Djokovic overcame Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 earlier on Friday to reach his sixth Wimbledon final.
Djokovic pointed to his ear, another message to the crowd, when he lashed a backhand down the line to win a remarkable 45-shot point and save break point in his next service game. "He's not No. 1 just by chance". Federer said he was exhausted after the semi-final.
Federer is running out of time to add to his record-breaking eight Wimbledon titles but there is a firm belief among his fans that this could be his year. "So it's quite clear that the work was done way before and I think that's why I was able to produce good results today".