ROGER FEDERER says he will not be out partying after his clash with Rafael Nadal as he has to focus on his final showdown with Novak Djokovic.
Federer is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after a titanic victory over Nadal in the semi-finals.
If this was his last match of the week, the Swiss star would no doubt be celebrating with his family, who have traveled with him to London and are ever-present in his Centre Court box.
However, Federer must first draw up a plan to dethrone world No 1 Djokovic to regain his grass-court crown.
And to do that, he will have a quiet night in to begin putting some strategies together.
“Age kicks in. I know it’s not over yet. There’s no point to start partying tonight or get too emotional, too happy about it, even though I am extremely happy,” Federer said.
“I think I can with experience really separate the two.
“If it was the end of the tournament, it would be very different right now.
“I’d be speaking very different, feeling very different. There is, unfortunately or fortunately, one more.
“It’s great on many levels. But got to put my head down and stay focused, you know.”
Federer has a losing head-to-head record with Djokovic.
But he does not plan to hit the practice courts too hard tomorrow. Instead, his focus will be on rest and recovery.
“I don’t have much energy to go train very much right now,” Federer added.
“Honestly, it’s about recovery, hitting some balls tomorrow, warming up the next day. But it’s more in the tactics.
“I don’t think there’s much I need to do in terms of practice. This is like a school: 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.
“If I think of Novak, one thing that jumps out at me, is his jump back and to the left. You know, how he’s able to defend on that side, which I think has won him numerous matches and trophies.
“He does that better than anybody. Nobody else really has it as consistent and good as he has, if you want to talk about Novak and one shot really.”