Against expectations, Federer brushed off the disappointment of that 6-1 set and wrestled the initiative back, winning the lengthier rallies and baseline exchanges against a player so used to grinding his opponents down.
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. It ended a run of three consecutive grand slam final reverses for Djokovic.
"It lived up to the hype, especially from coming out of the gates, we were both playing very well", he said after the win.
Here are some of the reactions.
There was no better testament to that than this semi-final clash, with the duo taking part in rallies that simply seemed to defy the laws of physics.
Appearing in his 12th final at the All England Club, and 16 years after his maiden Wimbledon title triumph, Federer believes there is little new that either he or Djokovic can do to prepare for Sunday's showdown. It will be Federer's 31st Grand Slam appearance.
"At the end of the day, it comes very much down to who's better on the day, who's in a better mental place, who's got more energy left", Federer said, "who's tougher when it really comes to the crunch". "He played aggressive, he played a great match, well done".
With 18 major titles, Nadal is just two trophies behind Federer for most all time among men in the sport. After the match the Spaniard expressed his disappointment at failing to reach another Slam final.
"For Sunday's match, it's hard to not see Novak as a pretty strong, clear favorite for the title because Federer's weapon is probably his serve, and Novak finds a way to neutralize that", said former world number one Mats Wilander.
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Once his volley victor found the net tape and trickled over to cap the third set - turnabout was fair play, in this instance, after the way the previous set ended - the outcome seemed inevitable.
The Federer-Nadal semifinal was to follow shortly on Centre Court, and thousands of tennis fans jammed onto the large hill on the grounds of the All England Club to watch a reprise of the 2008 Wimbledon final on an oversize TV screen.
Around the two most successful male player in the history of the question of the greatest of all time is cooking regularly high. Djokovic may show frustrations that the crowd is not on his side, as he did in his match with Roberto Bautista Agut. The fact that Djokovic has already won the Australian Open this year and his dominance on centre court last year means that despite Federer's prowess and pedigree, he'll have to put up a real fight to put the brakes on Djokovic.
Friday's match turned on an incredible 45-shot rally in the seventh game of the third set, which Djokovic won to hold serve and stay a break up. Now, Federer has made it to the final, and there are only a few points between the finalists on the ratings.
Djokovic swept through the first set with breaks in the second and eighth games.
However, he added wistfully: "At the same time, today is sad because for me I know chances are not forever".