Last Updated: Sunday, 3 September 2006, 19:28 GMT 20:28 UK
Andre Agassi's career in pictures
His troublesome back denied Agassi the opportunity of a farewell tour during the American hardcourt season but nothing would come between him and a last stand at the 2006 US Open.
Having played only 15 matches over the entire season, the 36-year-old was an underdog against Marcos Baghdatis in the second round but with the support of a raucous New York crowd, Agassi somehow lifted himself to an inspired five-set win.
He could not repeat the magic against Benjamin Becker in the next round but in between tears, he told an adoring crowd: "I will take you with me for the rest of my life."