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Tennis star Djokovic takes on Abrams tank in epic match

A clever video uses special effects to pit a top tennis player against a surprisingly agile, racket-wielding tank.

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This tank was designed for off-road performance, but can it handle a clay court? Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The M1 Abrams tank is an icon of American military might. It's a lumbering monster of a war machine, fitted with massive treads and a very large gun. It's not the sort of vehicle you would expect to see dancing around a tennis court, returning volleys with precision and grace.

Writer and director Michael Shanks made the impossible seem possible with a short video pitting an Abrams against the current Association of Tennis Professionals' No. 1 tennis player in the world: Novak Djokovich. He has his hands full with the swift vehicle, which rattles around the court, returning his strikes with power.

The visuals are fun, but the pitch-perfect commentary really brings it home. "Some said inviting a sentient tank in to play tennis would ruin the sport," one of the announcers opines. The tank's bad sportsmanship kicks into overdrive at the end of the match. Don't worry: No tennis players were harmed in the making of this film.

Shanks is an Australian independent filmmaker who clearly doesn't mind delving into the absurd. The video even includes a scoreboard showing Djokovich and the Abrams tied in a tight battle for tennis supremacy.

One minor detail you'll want to overlook is when the hushed commentator refers to the Abrams as a WWII tank. (It actually went into service in 1980.) But we can forgive the video for being more than a few decades off, because it's so darn entertaining.