He broke once in each set and wasn't broken himself.

Federer leads Djokovic 18-16 head-to-head -- including 2-1 this year -- but the last time they squared off in a grand slam final was at the 2007 US Open.

"We've played a lot actually in the last six months," Federer, bidding for a record-extending 18th men's major, told the BBC. "It's gone back and forth. He's a great champion and has been around now for a long time, so he's used to these occasions. I hope it's going to be a good match."

An even more relevant statistic? Djokovic is 0-5 in his last five grand slam finals outside Australia.

"I don't want to sound like I'm not appreciating to play finals of a grand slam," said Djokovic. "It's already a huge result. We cannot take that for granted. But I know that I can win the title.

"I should have won a few matches that I lost in the finals of grand slams in the last couple of years. It's a learning process.

"It's understanding, identifying where the problem is, pushing for it, working on it. It's mental in the end of the day."

Masur didn't think Djokovic's laborious semifinal outing would necessarily carry over to Sunday.

"It's very hard to transfer what's occurred today and take it into another match because I really think the conditions were a factor," Masur told CNN.

Djokovic hopes he's right.