Djokovic went on to win in four sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Past year he was close, losing an epic semi to Djokovic when victory would have left him facing an exhausted Kevin Anderson in the final - a virtual open goal.
Here are some of the reactions. Hsieh has won Wimbledon doubles before, back in 2013, while this marks Strycova's first major final in any discipline.
Lying in wait is Djokovic, who beat Federer in the final here in 2014 and in 2015. When Bautista Agut's shot hit the net tape, popped in the air and slid over for a victor that tied their semifinal at a set apiece, Djokovic motioned to the roaring fans, sarcastically encouraging folks to get louder.
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. Novak Djokovic Eyes Roger Federer's Grand Slam Record.
The players then smashed out their 45-shot rally, much of it a mesmerizing exchange of identical crosscourt backhands that had the crowd gasping before Djokovic blinked first to switch the angle of attack and take the point with a devastating victor.
Despite having one of the greatest rivalries in sport, it's clear both Nadal and Federer have massive respect for one another. A commanding display from Federer saw him tackle past Nadal and into his 12 Wimbledon final.
"And Roger said: 'No, as a matter of fact, four hundred thousand, and half of the money goes to my charity in Africa for the children, which is fantastic - but the best part of it is I get to have dinner with Rod Laver'. I hope my health will be a good companion, but I still need matches and practices", the 20-time grand slam champion said.
Now, it'll be another legend against whom he has a losing record against that he has to better on Sunday, with Djokovic currently leading 25-22. He clung on at 3-5, saving two match points, then had a break point as Federer served for the match.
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"I will probably not expect anything less than what happened previous year [in winning the 2018 title]".
Federer's record when he wins the first set of a Grand Slam match is tremendous, and while both may have sensed just how crucial that tie break to open the match was, it was the Swiss maestro who hit harder and smarter to win four straight points for 7-3 and frontrunner status.
The Swiss star, after failing to capitalize on two match points in the penultimate game and two in the final game - one after a long rally; another on a sharp cross-court shot - finally closed out Nadal after the Spaniard sent a shot long.
So when they meet at these championships for the third time, in the 52nd Wimbledon final of the Open era, any surprises will likely arrive when one or the other, in desperate circumstances, ignores all that accumulated knowledge and tries something that maybe makes no tennis sense but might change the course of the match.
Around the two most successful male player in the history of the question of the greatest of all time is cooking regularly high.
"I think that first set was huge. Was very close in the third set", Djokovic said.
"I had some chances but".
Friday's match turned on an fantastic 45-shot rally in the seventh game of the third set, which Djokovic won to hold serve and stay a break up.