The work was done way before
Federer will take it easy between now and the final – hit a few balls on Saturday, nothing to stressful, and warm up thoroughly on Sunday. He is 37 and his success depends on recovery at this stage; the hard work was done weeks ago.
“This is like a school,” he said. “The day of the test you're not going to read, I don't know, how many books that day. You don't have the time anyhow.
“It's quite clear the work was done way before. I think that's why I was able to produce a good result today. It's been a rock solid year from my side, won in Halle. Stars are aligned right now. From that standpoint I can go into that match very confident.”
Djokovic leads their rivalry with 25 wins to Federer’s 22 – and Federer has not beaten the Serb since the end of 2015. With all that history behind them, there are no surprises left for the final. As a result, the match comes down to the most basic of factors.