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Djokovic, Osaka took similar paths after dissimilar results at Indian Wells last year

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Novak Djokovic came to the BNP Paribas Open a year ago in search of his old self. Unable to avoid surgery on a painful elbow that had plagued him for several years, the former world No. 1 felt his body had betrayed him. His advisers told him not to play. He insisted. It seemed they knew something; he lost his first match.

"I did go through doubtful moments and questioning everything, and experiencing a surgery for the first time in my life was something I had never experienced before and I didn't know what to

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