Roger Federer was overjoyed with his victory over Stanislas Wawrinka on Friday, which secured him his first US Open final berth in six years.
The Swiss ace once ruled the roost at Flushing Meadows, winning five consecutive titles from 2004, but hasn't reached a title match at Flushing Meadows since losing in the 2009 final to Juan Martin del Potro.
The second seed, though, was a class apart in his semi-final against Swiss compatriot Wawrinka, beating the French Open champion 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a match against Novak Djokovic in Sunday's decider in what is a repeat of the Wimbledon final.
"I'm very happy, it's been a great tournament so far," the 34-year-old Federer said after Friday's victory.
"I've tried very hard in the last six years to get to the final, I've come close a few times, tonight it worked against Stan, who's also played a great tournament."
Wawrinka had powered past Federer in the French Open quarter-final, but has never beaten his illustrious countryman on a surface other than red clay.
Federer's recent success – he is unbeaten in 12 matches on the North American swing – has been the accuracy of his first serve. He won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati in the lead-up to the US Open without losing his serve, and hasn’t lost a set in the first six matches of his US Open campaign.
"My form is definitely very good, maybe my best," Federer added.
"I'm not sure but I'm serving very well, playing positive tennis, I'm going for my shots and I'd love it to work just one more time this year."
Federer takes on top seed Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final, a player he beat in the final at Cincinnati but came out on top in the last two Wimbledon finals.
"He's had a tremendous year," Federer said of his Serbian rival.
"There's always a lot on the line when we play each other, particularly in finals, he can get his third of the year, I can get my first for some time.
"He's been the best mover on hard courts for some time now and he's so consistent on any surface.
"He's tough to beat, tough mentally, he doesn't give you anything. I like that challenge and I'll be ready for it."