Pliskova has hit a combined 25 aces in her last three matches, and when she's hitting her spots like that, she's one of the tougher players on tour to beat.
In the second set, Pliskova used a swinging forehand volley putaway to break for a 4-3 lead and never looked back. Nadal won the first game 6-0.
"I was a little bit nervous today, but it was the final in Rome, so that's to be expected". "It can feel sometimes like you are fighting an uphill battle, and that was the case today".
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The 28-year-old will contest her second claycourt final of the season, after finishing as runner-up to Sakkari at the Morocco Open, as she heads into this month's French Open in fine form. Pliskova won 66 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her five break points. "Of course she's final in this tournament, so she has to play good tennis".
Bertens gave serve away in the third game of the final set after a double fault and wasted a break point in game six tup push Konta 4-2 up, sealing her fate in this match after another break for Johanna following a passing shot that gave her a break at love.
Meanwhile, the summit clash of Italian Open is in progress in Rome between World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia and defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain. Djokovic took the second set via a break in the 10th game, only to then be broken in the opening game of the decider, and Nadal remained firmly in control thereafter. This will be the first meeting on clay and all previous five matches took three sets to be decided. "Jo played great tennis so she made it quite tough for me", she added.
Pliskova had a brilliant run on the hard courts this season - she reached the semifinal in Melbourne, the quarterfinal in Dubai and Indian Wells, and most recently, the final in Miami. I was just happy with every match which I played.