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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 September 2006, 20:33 GMT 21:33 UK
Nicol bows out after Egypt defeat
Peter Nicol
Nicol won two singles gold medals at the Commonwealth Games
Peter Nicol finally brought the curtain down on his illustrious career with defeat in the World Open quarter-finals in Egypt.

The 33-year-old, in his final event before his retirement, lost 11-6 5-11 11-9 11-6 to French third seed and former world champion Thierry Lincou.

Nicol won more than 50 major international titles in his career.

"Relief is one of my main emotions," said the 33-year-old Nicol after the defeat.

"I feel very tired and I would like to have several months rest, not doing very much.

"I made sure I stood and had a good look at the Pyramids before I went on court, and I sort of enjoyed the match, but I still wanted to win it."

There were just a few moments when the battling Nicol was hanging on in the third game when it seemed he might sneak a win against the odds, but for most of the match Lincou controlled the rallies.

Top seed Amr Shabana of Egypt advanced to the last four after an 11-5 11-7 11-5 win over compatriot Wael El Hindi.

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