In the final game, Nadal netted a forehand at 15-40 to end the 72-minute match.
What his choice to skip Paris for a second year in a row tells you is that he really believes a 19th Grand Slam title is within his grasp at SW19.
It is an understandable conclusion he would take from an extraordinary start to the season, which he brought to a temporary halt in early April.
The 19-time Grand Slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head series, didn't face a break point and started and ended the match with service breaks."I don't know what my expectations were going in," Federer said.
"I thought I might struggle early on because it was a late finish last night."I had no nerves before the match, surprisingly.
I think I was pretty clear about how I wanted to play the match.
I started off very well and relaxed from then on."Despite his dominance in 2017, Federer doesn't rate his chances of catching Nadal in their head-to-head record."It's not going to happen.
The likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, who ran themselves into the ground at the back end of last year, are still struggling to shake off the jaded look that has often accompanied them since.
Had anyone stated, on January 1, that by mid-May Federer and Nadal would have split the one Grand Slam and four Masters titles of 2017 between them, you would have thought they had overindulged at New Year.
Jo Konta has broken into the world's top four for the first time following her run to the semi-finals.
The Brit beat world No 2 Simona Halep en route to the final four, denying the Romanian her chance of topping the pile in the process.
Roger Federer's eighth Wimbledon title has pushed him up two spots and back to world No 3 in the ATP rankings after he ended last season as low as 16th.