Again Djokovic, who had come from two sets down, saved both, the first with a sensational forehand return, and won the next four games to wrap up a 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory.
Djokovic's Wimbledon journey this season was fairly straightforward as compared to Federer's.
Looking at the bigger picture, there's also this takeaway from Sunday: Nadal's status as Federer's principal nemesis has been well-documented and much-examined over the years - which is a small part of why Friday's semifinal victory for Federer was fraught with meaning.
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"Federer, you know, we all know how good he is anywhere, but especially here", he said.
At two sets to one up, Federer and Nadal played out an intense rally which had the Swiss maestro on the back foot.
To reach the final, Federer had to fight past the No. 7 ranked Kei Nishikori as well as No. 2 Rafael Nadal while Djokovic cruised past David Goffin and Roberto Bautista to set up a rematch of 2015's championship match.
"Fortunately or unfortunately." The top-seeded Serb leads the head-to-head 25-22. The Swiss last won a major match-up against the super effective 32-year-old here in Wimbledon, in the semifinals.
"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, who's tougher when it comes to the crunch".
He is 8-1 in past finals at the grass-court tournament he's ruled the way no other man has.
"He is always able to do the most hard things easy", Nadal said about his longtime rival. "I was little bit too anxious about my backhand, so I was not able to move with freedom to the forehand". He puts pressure on the opponent all the time, because he has the ability to take the ball earlier than (anyone) else.
There was no respite for Nadal, an 18-time Slam victor, who slipped a break down at 2-1 in the fourth.
He claimed his fifth Wimbledon title and second in a row.
"This has always been the tournament for me". I think the moment you've played somebody probably more than 15 times, there's not that much more left out there. "Past year I had chances here (he lost in five sets to Djokovic in the semi-final), I had another one, and I was not able to convert to win it one more time here".
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.
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"But at the same time I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam".