Actually, no! Rafa needs to make the match physical! Meaning long rallies as many as possible. Military tennis all the way until Djoko falls on court breathless. You saw what happened when Murray tried to be very aggressive - 86 UE. To summarize Rafa needs to play deep left right left right but not too aggressive, working the point off and using Djoko's exhaustion to his advantage. Rafa lost too many matches to Djoko due to his own UEs.
Foxy, Djoko even when he is showing that he is dying on the court, he still has a lot in his tank. So I don't think it's possible to make Nole fall on the court breathless.
What I'm afraid most of are Djokovic's returns. He played so many of them into Rafa's feets in the US final... He is setting up the rally thanks to that and breaking Rafa almost in his every service game.
What can be crucial is the first set... In both slam finals from last year Rafa lost easilly the first set and had problems to comeback. If he can win first set, he will believe even more in himself...
And about the final being great result. It is indeed great result, but losing to Nole again would be heartbreaking for Rafa. I think he would even prefer to lose to Murray in the final. How many times can he stand losing to one guy? How many GS titles can he accept losing just because of one guy? Even, I would prefer him to lose in the semis rather than to see him losing to Djokovic again... It would be a knife into his heart.
The fact that Djokovic played 5 hours can have an impact on the final, but not in the first two sets. This is why it's so important to win them. In four or five sets Rafa will have an edge, because Novak will start to feel really tired.
Guys, this will be a huge match, very important match (also regarding rest of the season). I believe if Rafa beats Nole now, he will at least win RG as well.
All forces with Rafa! Go for your 11th. Beat this Serbian prick.