Federer to meet ATP chairman later today

 
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MONTE CARLO, Apr 17 (Reuters) World number one Roger Federer will meet ATP chairman Etienne De Villiers later today amid a row between players and the men's governing body.

''He was not planning to come here but he finally is coming, it's very good,'' the Swiss told a news conference after his 7-6 7-6 defeat of Italian Andreas Seppi in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters Series.

''We are meeting later tonight. We're expecting other players to be there. Ivan (Ljubicic) should be there, Rafa (Rafael Nadal) as well.'' Federer hit out on Monday at the ATP's plans to downgrade the Monte Carlo claycourt tournament in 2009.

The Swiss, who is top seed at this week's tournament, slammed the lack of communication by the men's governing body and also criticised the International Tennis Federation (ITF) over Davis Cup dates.

Earlier this month, Monte Carlo organisers filed an antitrust lawsuit against the ATP over its plans to downgrade the tournament from a Masters Series event.

The Hamburg claycourt event also filed a lawsuit over plans to downgrade it as part of the ATP's reshuffling of the calendar from 2009. Madrid will change from an indoor event in October to a spring claycourt Masters Series.

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