Now still in contention are Andreas Seppi, who beat Alexander Zverev on his way to the Rotterdam semis, teenage star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has reached the quarters in both Doha and Dubai this year, and Jeremy Chardy, who beat Fabio Fognini in Indian Wells and Grigor Dimitrov in Miami.
The 12-time major victor had a "small surgical intervention" to help his elbow at the start of February but suffered early exits at Indian Wells and the Miami Open last month.
And with a familiar hand providing guidance off court, the local resident looked comfortably at home on it as he completely dominated his 27-year-old opponent.
Djokovic had cut a dejected figure and was coming up with despondent replies during a press conference after his defeat in Miami. After two years finally I can play without pain.
He added: "The intervention was done right, and I came back already after five weeks on the court from the moment I had the surgery".
'I still obviously wasn't ready game-wise, physically. "But also at that time, I was okay No. 33 or something like that but my game level was not there", Coric told reporters in Indian Wells last month.
"It was a good thing in some ways but in other ways it was not good because I stopped improving, I just thought it's going to go by itself and I'm going to become better and better but it's not".
Djokovic was all in for a hug at the net after stomping fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic Monday in Monte Carlo. In the victory, Bedene won 77 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points.
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Marceno said Monday that she will eventually run out of resources and fears that, in desperation, she could kill again. The obituary for David Riess was published last week, and mentioned his children and grandchildren, but not wife.
"It's a fresh start I think for both of us", Djokovic said.
The 12-time grand slam champion, with coach Marian Vajda back in his corner after his recent split with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, eased to a 6-0 6-1 win in only 56 minutes on a glorious Monday in the Principality.
And his confidence, like his form, is also uncertain after restructuring his coaching team three times in under a year.
"Hope I can put more matches on clay".
"I feel that I'm playing well". On his last 10 visits to this event, which include everything but his debut appearance in 2006, he has enjoyed the bye offered to the top eight seeds.
"I was unable to do any physical work because the psoas (muscle) was affecting all the movements I could do", he said. He's a friend. He's someone I can share a lot of things with, whether it's professional or private life.
"He knows me inside out. We always talk, everyday, all together, about today, about the long-term plan... that's why it's working very good for now".