Marin Cilic was two sets up against Roger Federer before losing at Wimbledon. "It's gonna hurt for a long time," said Goran Ivanisevic.
Goran Ivanisevic says he feels as bad as he did when he lost the 1998 Wimbledon final, following Marin Cilic's agonising defeat to Roger Federer at the All England Club.
Cilic, who is coached by fellow Croatian Ivanisevic, looked set to spring a shock when he moved two sets up against Federer in their quarter-final on Wednesday.
However, the seven-time champion was able to pull off a spectacular recovery, saving three match points in the fourth set en route to a 6-7 (4-7) 4-6 6-3 7-6 (11-9) 6-3 triumph.
Federer will now face Milos Raonic in the last four, while Cilic and Ivanisevic reflect on a painful setback.
"The last time I felt like this was in 1998 when I lost the final against [Pete] Sampras," a dejected Ivanisevic told The Tennis Podcast.
"He feels worse than me, but as a coach, this is painful. But life goes on and hopefully he learns something from this match and takes the positive things. And then he's going to be okay.
"This match can hurt you, but it can help you, but it's gonna hurt for a long time."
Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon three years after his final misery at the hands of Sampras, had high hopes for 2014 US Open champion Cilic, particularly after world number one Novak Djokovic suffered a shock third-round loss to Sam Querrey.
"He was playing amazing tennis," added Ivanisevic. "From the first round I saw he had a chance, especially when Djokovic lost. This is the first time he's played tennis like he did in the US Open two years ago, confident.
"But when you play guys like Roger, Andy [Murray], Novak, you need to play all the time like that, you need to be aggressive, you need to believe in those things. Unfortunately he let Roger back into the match and he paid the price.
"Three match points, two match points on the second serve, a lot of chances, too many chances. You can't do that against Roger Federer. That [Centre Court] is his living room and when you come to the person's living room, sometimes you don't have to be polite, you have to be not polite guests.
"In the end he was very polite and Roger is Roger, one of the greatest."