Meanwhile Federer tried to put a courageous face on his defeat, which hurt all the more given that he missed two match points when serving and 8-7 up in the final set.
Federer already holds the record for most Grand Slam titles in men's singles history with 20, and he'll look to extend it in his 12th Wimbledon Final.
Federer was sublime in beating Rafa Nadal in Friday's semi-final, whereas Djokovic was not tested almost so much against Roberto Bautista Agut.
Eight-time Wimbledon men's singles champion Federer says all the preparation is done and he just has to turn up and perform if he wants to dethrone reigning champion Djokovic in Sunday's final. With Federer mixing up the pace, Djokovic's movement and defensive tennis drew unforced errors from the Swiss, who handed his opponent the first set after failing to land two ambitious winners inside the baseline.
At 4 hours and 57 minutes Sunday's match was the longest ever final at Wimbledon. "It is quite unreal to be two match points down to come back and odd to play a tie-break at 12-12".
Three weeks shy of his 38th birthday, Federer had been bidding to become the oldest grand slam singles champion in 51 years of professional tennis. No moment was bigger than in the fifth set's 16th game when Djokovic broke Federer's serve and staved off two consecutive championship points. "Novak, congratulations, man, that was insane". Soon enough, the 32-year-old Djokovic had broken back and on they would play.
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"Definitely tough to have those chances", Federer said.
Federer is looking for his ninth Wimbledon title, while Djokovic is after his fifth. He's won slightly more games (66% to 63%) and also possesses a combined hold/break edge in excess of the numbers Federer can boast.
It is even more the measure of the man as the rowdy Wimbledon crowd were very much on the side of Federer and the Serbian even had to save two championship points.
As the newfangled tiebreaker carried the last set alone past the two-hour mark, it was Djokovic who was better. Djokovic won both of the previous matchups, in 2014 and 2015.
For Djokovic, this is his sixth Wimbledon final as he chases what would be a fifth trophy. No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest for me.
He also teamed up with American Desirae Krawczyk but unfortunately the pair were defeated 7-6, 6-7, 5-7 in the first round, as the Canberran sorted their evening plans in the post match press conference.