Peter Nicol finally brought the curtain down on his illustrious career with defeat in the World Open quarter-finals in Egypt.
Nicol won two singles gold medals at the Commonwealth Games
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.