Federer's bid to win a record eighth Wimbledon men's singles title was thwarted by Djokovic's thrilling 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) 5-7, 6-4 victory on Sunday.
The 32-year-old would have become the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era if he had seen off the world number two, but instead his wait for a first Grand Slam title since his last Wimbledon triumph in 2012 goes on.
Inevitably, Federer is often dogged by questions about when he will retire as he enters the twilight of his career.
But the Swiss legend, speaking in an on-court interview after the match, made it clear he will back at Wimbledon next year.
"I felt the love out here, so thanks a lot. ," he said to huge cheers from the packed crowd on Centre Court.
"See you next year."