'It was probably not the best mindset from me at the begging of the match I was looking at how he was moving.
Both players received medical attention at the end of the first set and it was once again Djokovic who raised his game up a notch to convert his fourth breakpoint chance with a forehand victor at the net to grab the second set. I dug my way back and it was important to win the first set.
"Unfortunately I was not able to serve it out".
At one stage, Federer had hit 20 winners and Djokovic only four, but the defending champion dug in just in time, keeping it to one break and then breaking to love when his opponent served for the set at 5-3.
He withstood that until the 10th game, when Djokovic forced a set point and took it 6-4 with a forehand flick, celebrating exuberantly as he moved to within one set of a record eighth grand slam final.
"Gotta go for it, you never know, but once you can see it coming that it's not going to work anymore, it's tough".
Despite speculation to the contrary, Federer said in his post-semifinal press conference that he didn't doubt he'd play against Djokovic, and explained: "I don't think I would have gone on court if I felt like I had no chance to win".
Federer went off for treatment on his lower back/groin area after the first set, but managed to stay competitive until the end. "I've got to be happy with what I achieved", Federer said of the tournament overall.
"I do believe that [he can win more Slams]".
Despite limping out of the Australian Open and with his 39th birthday fast approaching, Federer says he is not done with chasing grand slams. I understand. Back in the day I feel like we could speak to lines-people. I feel like I should have found a way to do that, but I wasn't able to.
"It was the maximum to go to get at this tournament, especially after the Millman and the Sandgren match".
"At the end of the day, I guess I'm very happy".
"I went for a scan that same night [after beating Tennys Sandgren]".
In the 50th instalment of one of sport's greatest rivalries, the Serb shrugged off a tentative start to reinforce his recent dominance, showing no mercy to the Swiss maestro in a 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 6-3 win. No plans to retire.