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Andy Murray & Novak Djokovic in gangster abduction

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The two feature in a new television advert
The two feature in a new television advert.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have been kidnapped and forced into playing each other at a child's birthday party by gangsters.

Before any of you panic though, calm down fans, it's just a commercial.

The two French Open hopefuls appeared in the advert for racquet-maker Head (see it here on the Scotsman's website) in the lead-up to the action at Roland Garros.

We start by seeing two fearsome-looking men driving through the American desert, who have two people with bags on their heads in the back seats.

After carrying them through a lavish-looking mansion, the two victims of the apparent abduction are revealed to be Murray and Djokovic.

They are then forced to play the 'ultimate match' by the father of a spoilt, young girl who demanded that she wanted to see Maria Sharapova rather than the two men with eight Grand Slam titles between them. 

After three hours of supposed battle, the resident dog steals the tennis ball and the two stars are able to make a quick getaway.

The moral or motto of the advert is: ''Don't fear any challenge.'

This isn't the first time that the duo have hit television screens for Head, the company sponsor a number of tennis' top stars.

The latest advert has been released just days before the French Open kicks-off, as the tennis world casts its beady eye over the action in Paris.

Neither Murray, nor Djokovic have ever won the only clay Grand Slam, with success over the last nine years being almost exclusive to the 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal who has only ever lost once.

Never fear, their kidnapping ordeal should have no bearing as they go for glory at the event which stars next week.

Murray has never surpassed the semi-final stage, the British no.1 reached the last four in 2011 but he has been unable to show the form that won him Wimbledon last year and the US Open back in 2012.

His Serbian rival Djokovic reached the final two years ago before losing to Nadal, but the world no.2 has been tipped to complete his Career Slam after he beat the out-of-form Spaniard in last week's Rome Masters final.

Nadal may be off-colour but it will be difficult to look beyond the world no.1. His clay season hasn't been ideal with shock quarter-final defeats in the 27-year-old's traditional strongholds at Monte Carlo and Barcelona, he did win the Madrid Open - but Kei Nishikori had him on the ropes before the Japanese player retired through injury.

It will still take something special for him to lose on the French dirt though, Robin Soderling remains the only man to win against Nadal after his unexpected fourth round triumph in 2009. 

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Andy Murray
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Novak Djokovic
French Open
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